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Product History

The Bird

1990

The Bird™

The first electromagnetic product from Ascension Technology Corp.; this single-input device wirelessly tracks the position of a moving object in 3D space, at a range of 24 inches.

Flock of Birds

1992

Flock of Birds®

A modular DC electromagnetic tracker that captures the position and orientation data of targets through six degrees of freedom (6DOF), over a specified range of up-to 4 feet.

Motion Star

1997

MotionStar™

Turn-key electromagnetic motion capture tracker for character animation. Captures and filters fast motion over long distances with immediate feedback.

Space Pad

1997

SpacePad®

A cost-effective 6DOf electromagnetic tracker with a flat transmitter for optimal placement and ease of use. Designed for integration into OEM products.

Mini Bird

1998

miniBIRD™

Designed for integration into medical navigation systems, measures the spatial location of miniaturized sensors that can be embedded into medical probes or scopes.

3D Bird

1999

3D-BIRD™

This inertial tracker motion tracker measures orientation angles without range limitation or line-of-sight restrictions. Provides real-time tracking and visualization for use in simulators.

PC Bird

2000

PC Bird™

A modular DC electromagnetic tracker that used 25mm sensors
to captures the position and orientation data of targets through six degrees of freedom (6DOF), over a specified range of  4 feet.

MotionStar Wireless

2000

MotionStar™ Wireless

A wireless version of the MotionStar magnetic motion capture tracker. Motion data is transmitted over the air to a base station for remote processing.

PCI Bird

2001

PCI Bird™

This electromagnetic device uses a standard, full-length PCI card that is installed into a PC to control a transmitter and track one or two 25mm or 8mm sensors. Each

LaserBird 2

2002

laserBIRD2™

An optical tracker that uses scanning laser beam technology for wide area tracking. Ideal for environments that preclude magnetic, acoustic, or inertial trackers.

Nest of Birds

2002

Nest of Birds™

This sensor hub allows the position and orientation of up to 4 sensors to be tracked simultaneously. Plugs directly into a USB port or RS-232 interface.

ReActor

2003

ReActor®

A modular tracking frame system for creating a motion-capture boundary area. Digital detectors embedded in the frame provide full, unobstructed tracking coverage.

3D Navigator

2004

3D Navigator™

Wireless electromagnetic tracker combines a long-range transmitter and 3D pointer for integration into 3D visualization systems for immersive environments.

Class B Flock

2004

Class B Flock™

An updated version of the Flock of Birds DC electromagnetic tracker that complies with the IEC-60601 regulatory standard for integration into medical electrical equipment.

Hy-Bird

2005

Hy-Bird™

A fusion of optical and inertial tracking technologies in a single solution that provides accurate, continuous tracking throughout a wide field of view.

medSAFE

2006

medSAFE™

An electromagnetic tracker that is Class 1, Type CF compliant and defibrillation proof for OEM integration and deployment in medical settings.

phasorBIRD

2008

phasorBIRD™

A helmet-mounted 6DOF optical tracking device that tracks head movement for target acquisition training of air or ground combat vehicles.

trakSTAR

2008

trakSTAR™

A desktop electronics unit with an integrated power supply that uses electromagnetic technology to track up to four 6DOF sensors simultaneously.

driveBAY

2008

driveBAY™

An electronics unit that fits into the drive bay of a PC chassis, using the PC’s power supply. This electromagnetic system simultaneously tracks up to four 6DOF sensors.

2012 In 2012, Ascension was acquired by Roper Industries Inc., becoming an affiliate company of NDI (Northern Digital Inc.) – a global leading innovator and manufacturer of advanced optical and electromagnetic 3D measurement technology systems.

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