BEDFORD, Mass., Oct. 11, 2006 — InterSense, Inc., a market leader in precision motion technology, today announced it has completed the installation of a custom configured, inertial–acoustic IS–900 wireless tracking system in the Beckman Institute Cube at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The Beckman Institute Cube — operated by The Integrated Systems Laboratory at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, an interdisciplinary research institute devoted to basic research in the physical sciences, computation, engineering, biology, behavior and cognition — is an immersive, true 3-D visualization chamber in which subjects benefit from a completely unwired visualization experience.

Based on the successful motion tracking installation of a six–sided immersive visualization environment at Duke University last year, researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign chose the InterSense IS-900 solution for its precision performance, one time calibration and visually unobtrusive installation. The tracking system is currently being used for experiments by the university’s Psychology Department, including testing focused on the nature of object memory, special memory across changes in viewpoint and mental processes used to divide objects into categories.

The InterSense IS-900 system enables the Cube to render six channels of stereo images projected on its walls, providing the correct viewing perspective for the subject in real time. This is accomplished via the InterSense head tracker, which updates the Cube’s visualization software with precise, fast motion tracking measurements. The InterSense system also provides a wireless, tracked wand input device enabling subjects to interact and control features of this immersive environment.

“The IS-900 wireless system is reliable, accurate, low-latency, free of visible jitter, and the sensors are light enough to wear or carry in complete comfort for the duration of an hour-long psychology experiment,” stated Jim Crowell, the main programmer of psychology applications for the Cube. “These qualities make it the best virtual reality tracking system I have ever used for psychological research.”

“We are proud to be a part of the Beckman Institute Cube, providing them with a state of the art tracking solution for this unique immersive display environment,” stated Brian Calus, sales manager for InterSense. “Our work with the Cube marks the second successful installation of our 6-sided solution, proving again that we have an ideal system for this kind of complex, data-intensive situation.”

Introduced in 1999, InterSense’s IS-900 motion tracking product family is an enabling technology used in flight simulation, mission training systems, oil and gas exploration, 3-D visualization rooms and other immersive display applications. With over 1000 systems installed worldwide, the IS-900 product offers reliable and accurate motion tracking for the most demanding applications.

About InterSense

Founded in 1996, InterSense Inc. is a precision motion technology company delivering real time positioning, tracking and alignment capabilities, which bring higher speed and quality to visual simulation and enhanced vision and navigation applications. InterSense’s patented motion tracking products enable realistic interaction with computer graphics for demanding applications including simulation and training; oil and gas exploration; manufacturing; virtual prototyping and design; medical imaging; entertainment; and video/film production. Privately held InterSense is headquartered in Bedford, Massachusetts. For more information, visit

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