NaturalPoint Takes Control of Motion Sensing Technology at GDC 2007

CORVALLIS, Ore., Feb. 28 - NaturalPoint Inc., will be exhibiting at the Game Developers Conference (GDC) from March 7-9 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. NaturalPoint's cutting edge devices exemplify the "Take Control" theme of this year's GDC, by evolving computer input beyond keyboard, mouse, and joystick. The TrackIR system turns any game player's upper body into a precise controller with Six Degrees of Freedom (6DOF), while the upcoming OptiTrack camera and software toolset lets any animator set up a motion capture studio in a space as small as an office cubicle - for a fraction of the cost of currently available systems. Both of these product lines leverage NaturalPoint's patented optical motion tracking technology to offer a level of affordable precision unmatched by any other company's offerings.

Visitors to NaturalPoint's public booth can experience the benefits of using the TrackIR 4:PRO in the latest games and simulations to complement existing controllers. Look into turns and check your mirrors with head movement, while both hands grip your racing wheel in GTR2. Lean in your chair to see around struts in Flight Simulator X, and turn your head to enjoy the virtual scenery, to perfectly complement your mastery of the joystick. In ArmA: Combat Operations, TrackIR brings an intense level of immersion to the classic FPS keyboard and mouse combo - by letting you peek around corners without exposing your entire body, and enabling real time head shakes and nods in multiplayer for silent communication with squad mates.

Those producing 3D animations for games will also be able to enjoy a hands on demonstration of the OptiTrack line of products and accessories. NaturalPoint's software tools for Point Cloud, Rigid Body, Full Body motion capture are scheduled to begin rolling out this summer. This system is set to become a disruptive force in the motion capture market thanks to a very affordable price point coupled with a scalable number of OptiTrack cameras. GDC 2007 will be the first time that anyone will be able to walk up and freely explore OptiTrack's software features and test the fidelity of NaturalPoint's cutting edge cameras.

NaturalPoint's President and CTO, Jim Richardson, will offer presentations in a private meeting room to demonstrate the full advantage of true 6DOF input, discuss what's coming next for both PC and console gaming, and explore partnership opportunities with headset and joystick manufacturers. Private meetings can be arranged by appointment, or by visiting NaturalPoint's public booth (654 WH).

For more information about TrackIR 4:PRO, and videos of game play, please visit, or for additional details on OptiTrack, including usage examples and videos of software tools, go to

About NaturalPoint

Based in Corvallis, Oregon, NaturalPoint® is the creator and manufacturer of the TrackIR(TM), OptiTrack(TM), and SmartNAV(TM) product lines. NaturalPoint specializes in providing innovative control solutions through optical tracking technology, and has developed tracking systems for computers, video games, military simulators, and unique display systems.


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