The Vmarker sensor and the Vmarker pen are opensource. This includes the hardware designs and the custom firmware.
Making the Vmarker sensor and pen opensource means that everyone can make there own vmarker or derivatives, or even make custom firmware for the sensor or pen. It allows users the adapt the vmarker to exaclty his needs.
All vmarker sensors have a fast ARM Cortex M3 processor from ST and most importantly they have a custom CMOS camera that can track IR dots in a 2D plane, think WiiMote. This is a very powerful combination which allows more that only interactive whiteboard stuff.
Some ideas that are possible:
- Head tracking for better VR
- Tracking positions of robots in a room
- Gesture sensing
It is possible to reflash all hardware as the pcb's have programming ports and debugging ports.
Even more the IR sensor is expandable as the not-used IO ports of the processor are also accessible through a jumper on the PCB.
But of course the Vmarker still stays available as ready to use product with our support. The Vmarker solution stays available with the same support.
You can find almost everything here:
- https://bitbucket.org/robint91/vmarker-hardware Main hardware repo
- https://bitbucket.org/robint91/vmarker-old-software Obsolete software
- https://bitbucket.org/robint91/vmarker-sensor-firmware Current sensor firmware
- https://bitbucket.org/robint91/vmarker-ir-pen-firmware Current pen firmware
- https://bitbucket.org/robint91/vmarker-usb-hid-bootloader (will be updated soon)
The Vmarker project is released under the Mozilla Public License, v. 2.0. You can obtain at http://mozilla.org/MPL/2.0/