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How to do mixed reality with HTC Vive tracker!

A guide on how to set up your VIVE tracker for Mixed Reality.

The HTC trackers were just released to developers, yay!

Unfortunately, SteamVR doesn't recognize them as a 3rd controller. You’ll need to flash the trackers so that they are recognized as controllers, and this guide will show you how to do it.

Note: You can revert back to original settings using the same method.

Let's get started!

1) Mount the tracker

Attach the tracker securely with the tripod mount to whatever camera rig you will be using. Remember, any slight movement after you calibrate it and it will be off. Make it tight!

2) Next you need to flash the tracker with this firmware

Quoting this part from Foo at HTC — thanks Foo!

  1. Download the Vive Tracker Role Changer.

  2. Unplug the Vive from the computer.
  3. Plug in the Tracker via USB cable.
  4. Run tool and follow the prompts.
  5. Tool will report what the tracker is currently reporting itself as and give you the option to switch its reported role.
  6. Upon completion, unplug the tracker and restart SteamVR. Reconnect everything.

3) Set up the tracker

  1. Connect the included dongle to the computer.
  2. Turn on the tracker by holding the power button.
  3. Verify it is detected by SteamVR.

4) Configure your camera

  1. Download our configuration tool VIVR.

  2. Follow the instructions in VIVR to generate your camera config file.
  3. Download the LIV® Client.

  4. Import your camera config file into the LIV® Client by going to Camera -> Calibration.

5) To launch a game

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