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Design and implementation of an automatic followspot tracking system

Hay, T. and Weiss, S. (2004) Design and implementation of an automatic followspot tracking system. In: European DSP Education and Research Symposium, 2004-11-16, Birmingham.

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Abstract

For stage lighting, follow spot systems are in general manually operated, and therefore both labour intensive and expensive. This paper describes a 3rd year project as part of an electronics degree at the University of Southampton, which aims to automate a followspot tracking systems. The technique chosen utilises a wearable belt pack for the actor, which contains a radio receiver for synchronisation and an ultrasound transmitter, whose signal can be picked up by various stationary receivers on the stage. From these signals, the transport delay is determined, permitting the calculation the exact position of the pack by triangulation. The minimum accuracy of the system is around 10cm.

Item type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
ID code: 39331
Keywords: stage lighting, spot systems , design, implementation, automatic followspot, tracking system, ultrasound transmitter, belt pack, radio receiver , triangulation, Electrical engineering. Electronics Nuclear engineering
Subjects: Technology > Electrical engineering. Electronics Nuclear engineering
Department: Faculty of Engineering > Electronic and Electrical Engineering
Depositing user: Pure Administrator
Date Deposited: 24 Apr 2012 13:11
Last modified: 22 May 2015 09:11
URI: http://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/id/eprint/39331

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