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JANUS Awarded Patent for Systems and Methods for Positional Tracking in a Virtual Reality System

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January 27, 2021

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January 12, 2021 (EVANS, GA) - JANUS Research Group (JANUS) has been granted a patent for systems and methods for positional tracking in a virtual reality system. The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has issued US Patent 10852832 covering design methods for positional tracking in virtual reality and training systems. This technology helps simplify and mobilize virtual training systems setup procedures, track movement that is out of view during training, and better train learners on interactive activities within virtual environments.

Current virtual reality systems allow for computer-generated interactive experiences that occur within controlled environments. Commonly, virtual reality technology uses headsets or multi-projected environments, sometimes in combination with physical environments, to generate realistic images, sounds, and other sensations that simulate a user's physical presence in a virtual environment. While this technology has been generally effective, the complexity of the wiring, the need for a high-speed way to interconnect sensors, and requirements to hold training in controlled environments have become increasingly problematic.

The innovative technology created by JANUS' Joseph S. Martin and Rodney Roeber takes haptic training and feedback to a new level for users. For example, by applying this patented technology, helicopter pilots being trained virtually could reach above or behind their heads to interact with cockpit components despite their hands exiting the virtual training system's effective field of view. JANUS' patented approach provides tactile feedback and incorporates a wearable virtual reality tracking device that reduces complexity of the wiring by minimizing plug in requirements to one connector per hand. The system drastically simplifies the set-up, possesses higher precision tracking and fidelity, and gets the technology out of a controlled environment.


JANUS Research Group is a vibrant company with a reputation for technical excellence, innovation, cost-schedule performance, and customer service. With staff and operations across the United States and overseas, JANUS is able to provide advanced and affordable Programmatic Services, Modeling, Simulation, and Analysis, Live and Virtual Training, Mission Command/Tactical Communications, Distributed Simulation/Experimentation, Specialty Engineering, and Software Development solutions to Federal and commercial customers. This innovative team of highly skilled professionals operates under one core philosophy: "Developing Tomorrow's Answers Today." For more information about JANUS Research Group Inc., please visit

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