View Full Version : delays with a Polhemus Fastrak

Andrew Karduna
12-04-2000, 07:53 AM
Here is a problem for those of you who are familiar with the Polhemus
Fastrak magnetic tracking device. As opposed to the Ascension system,
the Polhemus unit multiplexes between receivers so that data are not
collected at the same exact moment in time I believe that there is a
delay of about 8 ms between each receiver. This is not a problem under
static conditions or for slow motions, but can result in high errors for

faster motions in which the relative motion between two receivers is

This is not the same latency that is described in the manual, which
focuses on the absolute delay. I am only interested in the relative
between receivers.

I have had some modest success in interpolating the data to obtain
position and orientation estimates of all receivers at the same instant
time. I'd be interested in finding out if anyone has tried this or any
approaches to this problem.


- Andy Karduna

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