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Real-World Tracking Technology for Your Most Realistic Simulator


Build an incredibly true-to-life medical simulator with the tracking technology trusted in clinical use. As part of the 3D Guidance® product suite, the driveBAY™ and trakSTAR™ electromagnetic tracking systems provide highly accurate real-time unobstructed tracking of miniaturized sensors embedded into medical tools.

Each system uses an electromagnetic transmitter that establishes a tracking volume. Sensors are tracked in six degrees of freedom (6DOF), both inside and outside a phantom. Up to sixteen (16) sensors of different sizes can be tracked at once, enabling two or more probes, scopes, needles, catheters, etc., to be used together in the simulation environment. Low latency and fast update rates allow the most subtle of tool movements to be instantly tracked and visualized within the simulation interface.

The driveBAY and trakSTAR share the same accuracy, reliability, and versatility. The trakSTAR is a desktop unit that connects directly into a main power source, whereas the compact driveBAY fits inside the drive bay of a computer or mobile cart. The ready-to-use configuration supports easy and cost-effective integration into phantoms, ultrasound simulators, interventional simulators, surgical rehearsal theatres, and other medical trainers. The tracking volume, measurement rate, sensors, and software interface can also be adapted to your unique system requirements.


Key Features




A desktop electronics unit with integrated power supply which can track up to four 6DOF sensors simultaneously



The tracking electronics fit into the drive bay of a PC chassis and tracks up to four 6DOF sensors simultaneously. The unit uses the power provided by the PC power supply and no additional power supply is required

1.4 mm RMS, 0.5 degrees RMS 1.4 mm RMS, 0.5 degrees RMS
Number of Sensors Four (4) 6DOF per unit Four (4) 6DOF per unit
Measurement Rate 80 Hz default,

user-configurable from 20-255 Hz

80 Hz default,

user-configurable from 20-255 Hz

Dimensions & Weight
Dimensions 290 mm x 184 mm x 64 mm 180 mm x 147 mm x 41 mm

(Fits a 5.25-inch PC drive bay)

Weight 1.31 kg 0.84 kg
Power & Interface
Power 100-240 VAC, 50/60 Hz Molex Power Connector; +12 V: 1.6 A nominal, 2.9 A maximum; +5V: 600 mA nominal
Interface USB, RS-232 USB



6DOF Sensors

The 6DOF sensors come in a variety of sizes including the general purpose reference sensor that consists of an 8 mm square cross-section down to 0.56 mm diameter cylindrical sensor for use in the smallest tools.



Electromagnetic transmitter that establishes a tracking volumes for the driveBAY™ and trakSTAR™ tracking systems.



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