A novel use of a single Vive Tracker is to stick it to a rotating platform in order to create a virtual potter’s wheel. Patrick Hackett, co-creator of Tilt Brush, tweeted a short clip of the tracker in action as experimented with by an intern.

The Vive Tracker, a small, wireless puck containing similar tracking elements to a Vive motion controller, has been the subject of many experiments involving accessory and body tracking since its debut at CES in January, including another art-orientated test of a VR stylus.

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While a virtual potter’s wheel might be more suitable for sculpting clay in Oculus Medium, the Tilt Brush team are clearly having a great time creating spiraling artwork thanks to intern Drew Gottlieb’s idea. However, in the tweet, Hackett says “don’t get too excited, this isn’t going to ship.”

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  • rabs

    The funny thing is that we can already do that in Tilt Brush by spinning the axes (there’s inertia). But the virtual tool could be improved for such task.
    I guess it’s more comfortable to control a real rotating table, anyway.

  • Henry Yoo

    Really looking forward to the tracker… even after having done the SteamVR tracking training. When is it going to ship?

  • chuan_l

    Putting the rotation on the trackpad accomplishes the same thing — and you wouldn’t need to grab an invisible table. Keep seeing videos of trackers used for articulations on a pivot or plane , where a controller mapping might be better. Object tracking would seem to have so much more potential.