Introduction: Trackmate :: How to Make Simple Tagged Objects

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Making tagged objects for a Trackmate system is easy. This instructable shows a quick example of just how simple adding new tangible objects to your interface can be!

Trackmate is an open source initiative to create an inexpensive, do-it-yourself tangible tracking system. Using the project's Tracker software, any computer can recognize tagged objects and their corresponding position, rotation, and color information when placed on the imaging surface.

Step 1: Gather the Materials

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You'll need:
  • A bunch of 1"x1"x1" cubes (I used these, but any similarly-sized objects will work)
  • Some double-sided tape
  • Trackmate Tags (create your own and print them out. See the Trackmate website.)
  • A pair of scissors to cut the tape.

Step 2: Mount the Tags

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1. Place a piece of double-stick tape on each object.

2. Mount a unique tag by aligning it to the center and pressing it to the object.

Step 3: Use Your Objects With Trackmate

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Verify that everything is working properly by trying out the new tagged objects.

The image below shows the Portable Plexi Cliffhanger tracking the cubes on its surface.


lieuwe (author)2009-02-25

i can't actually get trackmate to recognize anything(AR toolkit also doesn't work) any tips/tricks to get it to work?

adamkumpf (author)lieuwe2009-02-25

There are a few posts in the Trackmate forums that may help you get started; if you have other specific problems, feel free to post them there as well.

If you need help setting up the software, you may also want to check out the screen-by-screen walkthrough on the wiki.

lieuwe (author)adamkumpf2009-02-26

thanks, useful forum

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