Welcome to the
In this issue
we'll take a look at at
some cool technology that allows Head Tracking in your games. Imagine
FPS, Flight Simulation, Racing Simulation that les you view on screen
action just by moving your head
newsletter will give you insight into the different types of flight
simulation, technical articles, tips and reviews.
I will also look at the products, accessories,
hardware, software and just about anything that makes the world of
flight simulation more realistic and enjoyable.
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Once in a while something will come along that really changes
the way we play games. One of those things is Head Tracking.
Head Tracking frees up your hands and controls normally used for
viewing such as manipulating the POV (Point of View)
switch on your joystick to change your view in the game. This
can be very distracting in the heat of combat or a heavy traffic
pattern. Head tracking has alleviated this problem for many and
opened up a whole new realism for gaming. What is even more
fantastic is that this technology comes at a price anyone can
What is head Tracking ? Basically when you move your
head small the view in your game will change correspondingly. if
you move your head up the game view moves up. You move
your head down, left or right or even slide your head left or
right the view in the game will follow. Technically you never
have to look away from the monitor, the software that comes with
these systems let you adjust the sensitivity and the amount of
on screen movement you want from a given head movement.
Since budget is always a concern I will concentrate on a
freeware version available for this technology. When I say free
it normally means the software is freeware with a minimal
expense for do it yourself parts purchase and assembly. First a
little background. The Track IR is probably the most heard of
commercial unit available, the current model is the Track IR4
Pro it has some pretty impressive performance. The Track IR has
grown from the original model up to it's current version with
many improvements. To understand how Head Tracking works and
it's performance capabilities go to
FreeTrack, this is a quote
directly from the FreeTrack website "FreeTrack is a
free software similar to
Track-IRô (FreeTrack is
compatible with a majority of games using this technology) which
makes it possible to simulate head movements in your games and
simulators, to increase pleasure, realism and immersion.
it makes it possible to control your point of view in a video
game or simulator, with small head movements. What could be more
natural than to turn your face towards the rear view mirror to
look in this rear view mirror? How to make it simpler than to
just lower your eyes to check the switch of the headlights of
your Cessna?" The FreTrack website has all the information,
specifications, comparisons to Track IR, and all the materials
required to build a FreeTrack Head Tracking system. Go to
Hopefully this has given you some
insight into some of the developments in the game and simulation
world. You also have the luxury of purchasing a commercial out
of the box unit if you have the finances or building your own
system at a fraction of the retail price. the choice is yours,
The new KwikPit kit is in development and proceeding very close to schedule.
The kit will be a prefabricated bare wood user assembled unit. My
goal is to create a cockpit that is fairly portable, practical
and easy to assemble.
The main consideration is affordability, there are solutions out
there that fulfill the goal of owning a cockpit. There are seat
units that simulate
real racing car or aircraft control layout
thus adding more realism to the gaming experience. Most of these
solutions often come with a price tag that may be well outside most enthusiasts
include making the unit a practical size even for the small
apartment dweller. The cockpit also has to be very sturdy and
solid to stand up to everyday use. Nothing worse than some
flimsy unit that fails after a few uses. One of the main
considerations was compact size and weight for shipping. I
didn't want to produce something that would cost $100 or more to
ship as some of the current set ups can cost up to $300 for
Since the unit is
shipped in a basic configuration it is also customizable by the
builder with nothing more than a simple hand tools you can
easily change the angles or add on the unit with little trouble.
Finally as this company is a husband and
wife venture and I do support myself with a real day job I do
hope to have the kits available on time. They will be hand built
so the wait may be a couple of weeks until inventory can be
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time in your games!" The unit can be folded for storage or
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