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Ascension driveBAY

Ascension makes 3D tracking devices for medical guidance, minimally invasive surgery, real-time visualization, and target acquisition. Our position and orientation tracking devices navigate, localize, and guide medical instruments for image-guided procedures. They also capture human motions for interaction with 3D graphical worlds and biomedical analysis. From our pioneering Flock of Birds to our newest 3D Guidance trackers, Ascension’s innovative technologies can solve your 3D tracking needs.

driveBay is metal tolerant, that is output is unaffected by composite materials. Capable of driving errors induced by highly constructive metals (such as aluminum) to zero by adjusting measurement rate. Using advanced magnetic technology and signal processing the driveBay features improved dynamic performance over longer ranges and “Power-line” noise filtered out. The driveBay is also occlusion and drift free removing the requirement for clear line-of-sight between transmitter and sensor(s).

Key Features

  • Minimal footprint: electronics unit fits into your PC’s drive bay.
  • Fast 3D tracking: 240 – 420 updates per second.
  • Small, lightweight 6DOF sensors for unobtrusive tracking and instrument tip guidance.
  • Multiple magnetic field transmitters (generators) for extended tracking ranges.
  • Immunity from most conductive metal distorters of accuracy.
  • A attitude: no inertial drift or optical occlusions.
  • Tracks 1 to 4 6DOF sensors simultaneously.

Tracker electronics inside your PC. “The driveBAY is the latest addition to the Ascension 3D Guidance family of ultra-fast trackers of small magnetic sensors. Users can select update rates as high as 420 times a second for each of four miniaturised sensors. The module fits into your PC’s drive bay.” Jeff Ferguson, Immersive Technologies Consultant.

Manufacturer’s Description

  • Fast, dynamic tracking – 240 to 420 updates per second.
  • Miniaturized passive sensors – outputs unaffected by “power-line” noise sources.
  • All attitude tracking – no inertial drift or optical interference.
  • High metal immunity – no distortion from non magnetic metals.

Specs

Sensor Configurations:

Model 55 (0.56 mm), Model 90 (0.9 mm), Model 130 (1.5 mm), Model 180 (2.0 mm), Model 800 (8.0 mm)


Degrees of Freedom:

6 (Position and Orientation)


Update Rate:

Up to 420 updates/second for each sensor (Default: 240 updates/second)


Translation Range:

MODEL 55 SENSOR

  • Mid-Range Transmitter: 25 cm (10.0 inches)
  • Short-Range Transmitter: Contact Ascension

MODEL 90 SENSOR

  • Mid-Range Transmitter: 36 cm (14.0 inches)
  • Short-Range Transmitter: Contact Ascension

MODEL 130 SENSOR

  • Mid-Range Transmitter: 46 cm (18.0 inches)
  • Short-Range Transmitter: Contact Ascension

MODEL 180 SENSOR

  • Mid-Range Transmitter: 58 cm (23.0 inches)
  • Short-Range Transmitter: Contact Ascension

MODEL 800 SENSOR

  • Mid-Range Transmitter: 78 cm (31.0 inches)
  • Short-Range Transmitter: 46 cm (18.0 inches)

Angular Range:

All Attitude: ± 180° Azimuth & Roll, ± 90° Elevation


Static Accuracy*:

Position: 1.4 mm (0.055 inch) RMS Orientation: 0.5° RMS
* Higher accuracies achievable in smaller tracking volumes


Static Resolution:

Position: 0.5 mm (0.02 inch) at 30.5 cm (12.0 inches) Orientation: 0.1° at 30.5 cm (12.0 inches) *Resolution measured for tracker with mid-range transmitter and 8 mm sensor.


Outputs:

X, Y, Z positional coordinates, orientation angles, orientation matrix or quaternions


Interface:

USB 2.0


Data Format:

Binary data records


Communication:

Windows API and Drivers

Downloads

Please click the links below to download more information.

  Click here to see the driveBAY brochure

Purchasing Details

If you would like to purchase the Ascension diveBAY

  • call 03 9687 8638 (Monday to Friday 9:30am to 5:30pm)
  • or complete the form below and we will get in touch with you as soon as possible.

Ascension trakSTAR 2

Ascension makes 3D tracking devices for medical guidance, minimally invasive surgery, real-time visualization, and target acquisition. Our position and orientation tracking devices navigate, localize, and guide medical instruments for image-guided procedures. They also capture human motions for interaction with 3D graphical worlds and biomedical analysis. From our pioneering Flock of Birds to our newest 3D Guidance trackers, Ascension’s innovative technologies can solve your 3D tracking needs.

trakSTAR 2 is designed for small sensor – short range applications. If you require trakSTAR performance, but also want to:

  • Track a disposable 5DOF sensor over a range of approximately 10–20cm. Note: This sensor is typically used in medicine for guiding small biopsy needles to lesions and guidewires within a patient’s body.
  • Use our tabletop (flat) transmitter in a ferrous metal environment for tracking 5DOF and 6DOF sensors. This transmitter can be conveniently placed between a patient and a metal table. Its design contains a metal shield so ferromagnetic (steel) structures cannot distort the accuracy of sensor measurements.
  • Use one of our new compact transmitters (MAGnet or miniMAG) that can be easily mounted on a positioning arm that swings close to a sensor in the tracking volume. (It supports both 5DOF and 6DOF sensors.)

Manufacturer’s Description

Ascension 3D Guidance trakSTAR The trakSTAR is the latest addition to the Ascension 3D Guidance family of ultra-fast trackers of small magnetic sensors. Users can select update rates as high as 420 times a second for each of four miniaturised sensors. For unobtrusiveness and ease of use, sensors range in size from 8 mm to just 1.5 mm in diameter.

  • Disposable sensors – Track the tip of instruments in real time
  • All attitude tracking – No line-of-sight restrictions
  • Fast dynamic tracking – 240+ updates per second
  • High metal immunity – Flat (tabletop) transmitter shields measurement
  • Flexible configurations – New transmitter/sensor options expand

Specs

Ascension 3D Guidance trakSTAR The trakSTAR is the latest addition to the Ascension 3D Guidance family of ultra-fast trackers of small magnetic sensors. Users can select update rates as high as 420 times a second for each of four miniaturised sensors. For unobtrusiveness and ease of use, sensors range in size from 8 mm to just 1.5 mm in diameter.

Features:

  • Fast, dynamic tracking – 240 to 420 updates per second.
  • Miniaturised passive sensors – outputs unaffected by “power-line” noise sources.
  • All attitude tracking – no inertial drift or optical interference.
  • High metal immunity – no distortion from non magnetic metals.

Components:

  • Electronics unit
  • DC magnetic field transmitter
  • 8 mm, 2.0 mm, and 1.5 mm sensors (outer diameters)
  • Preamps

New Features:

  • Compact transmitter: light enough to mount on body or head
  • Sleek Desktop Electronics Unit with Internal Power Module (No External Power Supply)
  • Mix and Match Miniaturized Sensors

Components in Default Unit:

  • (1) 3D Guidance trakSTAR Electronics Unit(1)
  • 3D Guidance trakSTAR Mid-Range OR Short-Range (Air Core) Transmitter
  • (1-4) Sensors (Model 800, Model 180, or Model 130)
  • (1) USB Interface Cable
  • (1) RS-232 Cable
  • Installation & Operations Guide and Interface Software Module (Including winBird) on CDROM
  • Quick Set-up Guide (Paper Copy)

Video

Downloads

Please click the links below to download more information.

Click here to see the Latest trakSTAR2 brochure

Purchasing Details

If you would like to purchase the Ascension trakStar2

  • call 03 9687 8638 (Monday to Friday 9:30am to 5:30pm)
  • or complete the form below and we will get in touch with you as soon as possible.

Ascension trakSTAR

Ascension makes 3D tracking devices for medical guidance, minimally invasive surgery, real-time visualization, and target acquisition. Our position and orientation tracking devices navigate, localize, and guide medical instruments for image-guided procedures. They also capture human motions for interaction with 3D graphical worlds and biomedical analysis. From our pioneering Flock of Birds to our newest 3D Guidance trackers, Ascension’s innovative technologies can solve your 3D tracking needs.

Expendable desktop model. Designed for real-time visualization applications in which fast tracking of unobtrusive sensors is important. Some key features of trakSTAR include:

  • Fast, 3D tracking — 240–420 updates per second.
  • Small, lightweight 6DOF sensors for unobtrusive tracking and instrument tip guidance.
  • Multiple magnetic field transmitters (generators) for extended tracking ranges.
  • Immunity from most conductive metal distorters of accuracy.
  • All attitude: no inertial drift or optical occlusions.
  • Expandable: track from 1 to16 6DOF sensors simultaneously.

Ascension Trakstar

Ascension 3D Guidance trakSTAR The trakSTAR is the latest addition to the Ascension 3D Guidance family of ultra-fast trackers of small magnetic sensors. Users can select update rates as high as 420 times a second for each of four miniaturised sensors. For unobtrusiveness and ease of use, sensors range in size from 8 mm to just 1.5 mm in diameter.

Features:

  • Fast, dynamic tracking – 240 to 420 updates per second.
  • Miniaturised passive sensors – outputs unaffected by “power-line” noise sources.
  • All attitude tracking – no inertial drift or optical interference.
  • High metal immunity – no distortion from non magnetic metals.

Components:

  • Electronics unit
  • DC magnetic field transmitter
  • 8 mm, 2.0 mm, and 1.5 mm sensors (outer diameters)
  • Preamps

New Features:

  • Compact transmitter: light enough to mount on body or head
  • Sleek Desktop Electronics Unit with Internal Power Module (No External Power Supply)
  • Mix and Match Miniaturized Sensors

Components in Default Unit:

  • (1) 3D Guidance trakSTAR Electronics Unit(1)
  • 3D Guidance trakSTAR Mid-Range OR Short-Range (Air Core) Transmitter
  • (1-4) Sensors (Model 800, Model 180, or Model 130)
  • (1) USB Interface Cable
  • (1) RS-232 Cable
  • Installation & Operations Guide and Interface Software Module (Including winBird) on CDROM
  • Quick Set-up Guide (Paper Copy)

Specs

Ascension 3D Guidance trakSTAR The trakSTAR is the latest addition to the Ascension 3D Guidance family of ultra-fast trackers of small magnetic sensors. Users can select update rates as high as 420 times a second for each of four miniaturised sensors. For unobtrusiveness and ease of use, sensors range in size from 8 mm to just 1.5 mm in diameter.

Features:

  • Fast, dynamic tracking – 240 to 420 updates per second.
  • Miniaturised passive sensors – outputs unaffected by “power-line” noise sources.
  • All attitude tracking – no inertial drift or optical interference.
  • High metal immunity – no distortion from non magnetic metals.

Components:

  • Electronics unit
  • DC magnetic field transmitter
  • 8 mm, 2.0 mm, and 1.5 mm sensors (outer diameters)
  • Preamps

New Features:

  • Compact transmitter: light enough to mount on body or head
  • Sleek Desktop Electronics Unit with Internal Power Module (No External Power Supply)
  • Mix and Match Miniaturized Sensors

Components in Default Unit:

  • (1) 3D Guidance trakSTAR Electronics Unit(1)
  • 3D Guidance trakSTAR Mid-Range OR Short-Range (Air Core) Transmitter
  • (1-4) Sensors (Model 800, Model 180, or Model 130)
  • (1) USB Interface Cable
  • (1) RS-232 Cable
  • Installation & Operations Guide and Interface Software Module (Including winBird) on CDROM
  • Quick Set-up Guide (Paper Copy)

Video

Downloads

Please click the links below to download more information.

Click here to see the Latest trackSTAR brochure

Purchasing Details

If you would like to purchase the Ascension trakStar

  • call 03 9687 8638 (Monday to Friday 9:30am to 5:30pm)
  • or complete the form below and we will get in touch with you as soon as possible.