Design and implementation of an automatic followspot tracking system

T. Hay, S. Weiss

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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.
LanguageEnglish
Number of pages3
Publication statusPublished - 16 Nov 2004
EventEuropean DSP Education and Research Symposium - Birmingham, United Kingdom
Duration: 16 Nov 2004 → …

Conference

ConferenceEuropean DSP Education and Research Symposium
Abbreviated titleEDERS 2004
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityBirmingham
Period16/11/04 → …

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Radio receivers
Triangulation
Transmitters
Synchronization
Electronic equipment
Lighting
Ultrasonics
Personnel

Keywords

  • stage lighting
  • spot systems
  • design
  • implementation
  • automatic followspot
  • tracking system
  • ultrasound transmitter
  • belt pack
  • radio receiver
  • triangulation

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Hay, T., & Weiss, S. (2004). Design and implementation of an automatic followspot tracking system. Paper presented at European DSP Education and Research Symposium, Birmingham, United Kingdom.
Hay, T. ; Weiss, S. / Design and implementation of an automatic followspot tracking system. Paper presented at European DSP Education and Research Symposium, Birmingham, United Kingdom.3 p.
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