News Feed Item
Quadriplegic Sam Schmidt Drives 106 MPH During 2014 Indy 500 Race Week with OptiTrack Motion Capture Technology
|By Business Wire
|June 2, 2014 02:34 PM EDT
Former Indy Racing League driver and quadriplegic Sam Schmidt got behind
the wheel several times during race week for the 2014 Indianapolis 500,
which kicked off May 18, 2014. Schmidt started off the week completing
two warm-up and four qualifying laps on Pole Day in a modified 2014 C7
Corvette Stingray controlled by his head using OptiTrack motion capture
technology. Schmidt’s trip around the track maxed out at speeds of 80
miles per hour and marked his first laps on a professional raceway since
a 2000 crash at Walt Disney World Speedway in Orlando left him
paralyzed. He also served as the ceremonial pace car for the Indy Lights
Freedom 100 on Carb Day, and on Monday following the Indy 500, Schmidt
went at it again, this time topping speeds of 106 miles per hour.
Sam Schmidt driving the Indy 500 pace car with his head. Motion capture by OptiTrack. (Photo: Business Wire)
The Corvette, which was modified by a team from Ball Aerospace &
Technologies Corp., Arrow Electronics, and the Air Force Research Lab,
was created as part of the SAM (Semi-Autonomous Motorcar) Project using
mostly off-the-shelf commercial components. Schmidt’s vehicle is
outfitted with four infrared OptiTrack Flex 13 cameras mounted on the
dashboard that enable precise tracking to ensure accurate and safe
steering. A baseball cap with eight pea-sized reflective markers allows
Schmidt to control the Corvette with subtle head movements: forward and
back to accelerate the car’s speed in increments of 10 miles per hour,
and right and left to steer. With a sensor in his mouth, Schmidt can
slow down or stop by biting down.
“Infrared motion capture technology has been used in the entertainment
industry for years, and we felt confident we could be successful using
it for the head tracking on the SAM Project,” said Glen Geisen, Chief
Technologist and SAM Project lead at Ball, the company that created the
car’s human-to-machine interface and driver-guidance system.
“Given the need for 100% reliable, precise real-time tracking in
unpredictable outdoor lighting and in a fast moving car, we were
intrigued by the project from an engineering perspective and delighted
to participate,” said OptiTrack Chief Strategy Officer Brian Nilles.
“The passion exhibited by Sam Schmidt along with the design team’s
ability to overcome the project’s significant challenges made a
historical moment possible, and congratulations are in order for
Schmidt’s custom vehicle is the result of a near year-long collaboration
between Ball, the Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson,
Arrow Electronics, Inc., Falci Adaptive Motorsports, and Schmidt
Peterson Motorsports. The Indy 500 demonstrations signaled an important
achievement in autonomous systems advancement and laid the groundwork
for further applications across industries.
Since his accident, Schmidt has regained neck strength and partial
shoulder movement through intensive physical therapy. Remaining active
in the racing world, he is the co-owner of Schmidt Peterson Motorsports,
while his Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation seeks to conquer paralysis
though scientific research, medical treatment and rehabilitation.
OptiTrack creates the highest performing 3D tracking hardware and
software available today and has become the largest motion capture
provider in the world. By delivering the best 3D precision, simpler real
time workflows, on-site manufacturing enabling the industry’s lowest
pricing, and free and open developer access, it has become the favorite
of industry leaders in game and film production, university education
and research, engineering, life science, sports performance and injury
prevention, and many others.
The OptiTrack product line includes motion capture software and
high-speed tracking cameras, contract engineering services, the GEARS
golf training and club fitting solution, and affiliate commercial
tracking products TrackIR and SmartNav.
Entertainment customers include: Activision, Electronic Arts, 343
Industries, US Army Game, Cloud Imperium, Square Enix, Ready at Dawn, TV
Globo, NetherRealm, Ubisoft, Rockstar Games, Crytek, Remedy, Game On
Audio, The Moving Picture Company, Animatrik Film Design, and other top
studios and developers around the world. Engineering customers include:
Boeing, KMel Robotics, NASA, Oculus VR, Lockheed Martin, John Deere,
Mechdyne, Under Armour, Stanford University, Duke University, Laser
Shot, Mitsubishi, and Dassault Systems.
Photos/Multimedia Gallery Available: http://www.businesswire.com/multimedia/home/20140602006384/en/
Qosmos has announced new milestones in the detection of encrypted traffic and in protocol signature coverage.
Qosmos latest software can accurately classify traffic encrypted with SSL/TLS (e.g., Google, Facebook, WhatsApp), P2P traffic (e.g., BitTorrent, MuTorrent, Vuze), and Skype, while preserving the privacy of communication content. These new classification techniques mean that traffic optimization, policy enforcement, and user experience are largely unaffected by encryption. In respect wit...
Aug. 23, 2016 09:15 PM EDT Reads: 1,625
Cloud computing is being adopted in one form or another by 94% of enterprises today. Tens of billions of new devices are being connected to The Internet of Things.
And Big Data is driving this bus. An exponential increase is expected in the amount of information being processed, managed, analyzed, and acted upon by enterprise IT. This amazing is not part of some distant future - it is happening today. One report shows a 650% increase in enterprise data by 2020. Other estimates are even higher....
Aug. 23, 2016 09:00 PM EDT Reads: 2,743
"My role is working with customers, helping them go through this digital transformation. I spend a lot of time talking to banks, big industries, manufacturers working through how they are integrating and transforming their IT platforms and moving them forward," explained William Morrish, General Manager Product Sales at Interoute, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 18th Cloud Expo, held June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
Aug. 23, 2016 09:00 PM EDT Reads: 2,941
Internet of @ThingsExpo, taking place November 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, is co-located with the 19th International Cloud Expo and will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world and ThingsExpo Silicon Valley Call for Papers is now open.
Aug. 23, 2016 08:45 PM EDT Reads: 3,726
To leverage Continuous Delivery, enterprises must consider impacts that span functional silos, as well as applications that touch older, slower moving components. Managing the many dependencies can cause slowdowns. See how to achieve continuous delivery in the enterprise.
Aug. 23, 2016 08:15 PM EDT Reads: 1,379
Today we can collect lots and lots of performance data. We build beautiful dashboards and even have fancy query languages to access and transform the data. Still performance data is a secret language only a couple of people understand. The more business becomes digital the more stakeholders are interested in this data including how it relates to business. Some of these people have never used a monitoring tool before. They have a question on their mind like “How is my application doing” but no id...
Aug. 23, 2016 08:15 PM EDT Reads: 1,617
Kubernetes, Docker and containers are changing the world, and how companies are deploying their software and running their infrastructure. With the shift in how applications are built and deployed, new challenges must be solved.
In his session at @DevOpsSummit at19th Cloud Expo, Sebastian Scheele, co-founder of Loodse, will discuss the implications of containerized applications/infrastructures and their impact on the enterprise. In a real world example based on Kubernetes, he will show how to ...
Aug. 23, 2016 07:45 PM EDT Reads: 1,223
The 19th International Cloud Expo has announced that its Call for Papers is open. Cloud Expo, to be held November 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, brings together Cloud Computing, Big Data, Internet of Things, DevOps, Digital Transformation, Microservices and WebRTC to one location.
With cloud computing driving a higher percentage of enterprise IT budgets every year, it becomes increasingly important to plant your flag in this fast-expanding business opportuni...
Aug. 23, 2016 07:00 PM EDT Reads: 3,781
SYS-CON Events announced today that eCube Systems, a leading provider of middleware modernization, integration, and management solutions, will exhibit at @DevOpsSummit at 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
eCube Systems offers a family of middleware evolution products and services that maximize return on technology investment by leveraging existing technical equity to meet evolving business needs. ...
Aug. 23, 2016 06:30 PM EDT Reads: 269
19th Cloud Expo, taking place November 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world.
Cloud computing is now being embraced by a majority of enterprises of all sizes. Yesterday's debate about public vs. private has transformed into the reality of hybrid cloud: a recent survey shows that 74% of enterprises have a hybrid cloud strategy. Meanwhile, 94% of enterpri...
Aug. 23, 2016 05:00 PM EDT Reads: 2,873
Using new techniques of information modeling, indexing, and processing, new cloud-based systems can support cloud-based workloads previously not possible for high-throughput insurance, banking, and case-based applications.
In his session at 18th Cloud Expo, John Newton, CTO, Founder and Chairman of Alfresco, described how to scale cloud-based content management repositories to store, manage, and retrieve billions of documents and related information with fast and linear scalability.
Aug. 23, 2016 04:45 PM EDT Reads: 1,759
Enterprises have forever faced challenges surrounding the sharing of their intellectual property. Emerging cloud adoption has made it more compelling for enterprises to digitize their content, making them available over a wide variety of devices across the Internet.
In his session at 19th Cloud Expo, Santosh Ahuja, Director of Architecture at Impiger Technologies, will introduce various mechanisms provided by cloud service providers today to manage and share digital content in a secure manner....
Aug. 23, 2016 04:15 PM EDT Reads: 346
Internet of @ThingsExpo, taking place November 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, is co-located with 19th Cloud Expo and will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world.
The Internet of Things (IoT) is the most profound change in personal and enterprise IT since the creation of the Worldwide Web more than 20 years ago.
All major researchers estimate there will be tens of billions devices - comp...
Aug. 23, 2016 04:00 PM EDT Reads: 3,475
As the world moves toward more DevOps and Microservices, application deployment to the cloud ought to become a lot simpler. The Microservices architecture, which is the basis of many new age distributed systems such as OpenStack, NetFlix and so on, is at the heart of Cloud Foundry - a complete developer-oriented Platform as a Service (PaaS) that is IaaS agnostic and supports vCloud, OpenStack and AWS. Serverless computing is revolutionizing computing.
In his session at 19th Cloud Expo, Raghav...
Aug. 23, 2016 03:30 PM EDT Reads: 351
Fact: storage performance problems have only gotten more complicated, as applications not only have become largely virtualized, but also have moved to cloud-based infrastructures. Storage performance in virtualized environments isn’t just about IOPS anymore. Instead, you need to guarantee performance for individual VMs, helping applications maintain performance as the number of VMs continues to go up in real time.
In his session at Cloud Expo, Dhiraj Sehgal, Product and Marketing at Tintri, wil...
Aug. 23, 2016 02:15 PM EDT Reads: 345