Hacking Vive Tracker

INTRODUCTION

Hi Everyone! My name is Fedi Makni. I’m a nanotechnology and advanced electronics engineer student at National School of Sciences and Advanced Technologies of Borj Cedria, Tunisia. I am interning at exiii for 6 months as an electrical engineer.

 

While many people use Vive nowadays, we noticed that a lot of users try to get an access to pogo pin located in Vive tracker. But the current design prevents the access to the  Standard Camera Mount and the Stabilizing Pin Recess.

 

Our solution will let you use the pogo pin easily while allowing you to use the tracker as usual.

 

Before we start, here is a video showing an example application of Vive tracking mount.

 

 

 

LICENSE

This project is open source.

 

We publish 3D data and document under CC0 1.0. You can use these data under following condition.

https://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/deed.fr

 

 

OVERVIEW

Vive already made a connector that is designed to be interfaced with the tracker.

You can check their connector from thingiverse.

https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2127180

 

You can also see the full discussion in the link below.

https://community.viveport.com/t5/Developer-Discussion/Vive-Tracker-Pogo-Pin-Hardware/td-p/14356

 

But as we mentioned earlier, this doesn’t solve the problem of accessing the pins easily, and here comes our Vive tracker mount, which is considered as an intermediate component between your device and the tracker.

 

 

 

PARTS LIST

Refer to the following gsheet for parts list. You can download the 3D data for each item from the URL.

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1h5yZ1vSyyTNmKspEd_pOA2htkGLcHOgLZKXmI6eTGI8/edit?usp=sharing

 

You can also download the necessary data from here.

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1wEIjr2hWzp2NmF7goJjFXQrz6z7w2CSX

 

If you want to see the assembled data, go to following.

https://a360.co/2Nac1iS

 

 

Electronics

In this project, we used an FPC to give us more flexibility when mounting.

 

This is the 3D data of the FPC. It can be fixed with 4 screws.

This is the electronic design of the FPC.

 

 

This FPC offers the possibility to use the the pogo pins with 4 buttons mounted on the side of the component. Also it will allow you to use the pin with 6 easy to access test points.

 

This is the real picture of the PCB.

 

 

You can download gerber file from here

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1r_lMISZmq5psaFp2b1_XOJ7gUZwYT3ul

 

You could also order the PCB directly from seeedstudio using the link below

https://www.seeedstudio.com/Vive-Tracker-Mount-FPC-g-1169622

 

 

SETTING UP

This component is easy to use. You just have to mount it using both the Standard Camera Mount and the Stabilizing Pin Recess, then you have the possibility to use buttons or test points in order to access pogo pins.

 

 

 

SUMMARY

How was it? If you could successfully make it work or have any comments, please share on SNS with hashtag  #exiii.