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Beacon Patch

The Beacon Patch widget is where information on the BTBeacon, Mini Beacon, Rigid and Soft Frames are displayed and the assignment of BTBeacons, Mini Beacons, Rigid and Soft Frames to Trackables is controlled. To know the position of a Trackable in the BTSystem, a BTBeacon or Mini Beacon or Rigid Frame or Soft Frame must first be assigned to the Trackable. The assignment will link the location of the BTBeacon/Mini Beacon/Rigid Frame/Soft Frame with the position of the Trackable.

The X, Y, Z position of a Trackable is based on the position of the assigned BTBeacon or Frame's centroid in the Space. The orientation of a Trackable is based on the IMU within the BTBeacon or the calculated orientation of a rigid frame. BlackTrax interprets the data based on the configuration of the Trackable as it was set in the Trackable Settings widget. BTBeacons broadcast data at all times when the BTBeacon is on, even if it is not assigned.

The Mini Beacon has a single built-in LED, no radio and no internal inertial measurement unit (IMU). The Mini beacon icon will display only the Mini Beacon number and the centroid positional coordinate.

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Assigning Beacons To A Trackable 

For the BTSystem to detect the location and orientation information of a Trackable, a BTBeacon or Mini Beacon or Rigid Frame or Soft Frame must first be assigned to a Trackable. The assignment will associate the data of the BTBeacon with the Trackable.

To assign a BTBeacon or Mini Beacon or Rigid Frame or Soft Frame to a Trackable

  1. Drag and drop the Beacon Icon of the BTBeacon/Mini Beacon/Rigid Frame/Soft Frame from the Available Beacons section to the Trackable Container of the Trackable in the Available Trackables section.
  2. Click Apply Changes
  • Result: The BTBeacon or Mini Beacon or Rigid Frame or Soft Frame will be assigned to the Trackable.
  • Note: Assigning a BTBeacon or Mini Beacon or Rigid Frame or Soft Frame to a Trackable that already has a BTBeacon or Mini Beacon or Rigid Frame or Soft Frame assigned will cause the BTBeacon or Mini Beacon or Rigid Frame or Soft Frame that was previously assigned to be unassigned.

To un-assign a BTBeacon or Mini Beacon or Rigid Frame or Soft Frame from a Trackable

  1. Drag and drop the Beacon Icon of the assigned BTBeacon/Mini Beacon/Rigid Frame/Soft Frame from the Available Trackables section to the Available Beacons section.
  2. For the changes to take effect, click Apply Changes.

Different types of Beacons

There are three different types of beacons, which can be categorized by their heading colour:

  • Blue: Regular or 'Classic' Beacon - this is a physical BTBeacon connected to stringers
  • Burgundy: Mini Beacon - this is a physical Mini Beacon connected to stringers
  • Orange: A rigid frame - a 'virtual' BTBeacon that is constructed using at least three LEDs from any number of BTBeacons
  • Pink: A soft frame - a 'virtual' BTBeacon that is constructed using at least one LED from any number of BTBeacons

Beacon Patch Filtering

The Available Beacons section can be set to show only the selected types of beacons. By default, the section opens with all types of Beacons selected.

To select the Beacon type that will appear in this section

  1. On the top right corner of the Available Beacons section, click on the Beacons drop-down menu.
  2. Select the checkboxes of either the Classic Beacon, or the Rigid Frame, or the Soft Frame or Mini Beacons that you want to show in the section.
    • Result: Only the selected Beacon types will appear in the Available Beacons section.

Beacon Data

When BTBeacons are in the Space, their location and orientation are known by the BTSystem. This information is displayed in the Beacon Icon for easy reference. BTBeacon data can be separated into three categories: General, Centroid and LED.

Note: If any BTBeacon information is unavailable, it will appear as “?”. This could be because the BTBeacon LEDs are not visible by the BTSystem, or the LEDs are unplugged.

  • Beacon Number: This is the identifying number of BTBeacon. It is used to tell BTBeacons apart and is assigned to the BTBeacon automatically.
  • Battery Icon: This icon represents the percentage of power remaining in the BTBeacon. The timer next to the icon gives an estimate of how long the BTBeacon can operate using the current LED configuration.

Centroid Beacon Data

Centroid BTBeacon data is primarily information based on the average Cartesian coordinates position all visible LEDs connecting to the BTBeacon. Additional information about the BTBeacon is also displayed.

  • X : This is the current X coordinate of the BTBeacon. This position is based on the average X coordinate position of all visible LEDs connected to the BTBeacon.
  • Y : This is the current Y coordinate of the BTBeacon. This position is based on the average Y coordinate position of all visible LEDs connected to the BTBeacon.
  • Z : This is the current Z coordinate of the BTBeacon. This position is based on the average Z coordinate position of all visible LEDs connected to the BTBeacon.
  • R : This is the current roll (rotation of X axis) value of the BTBeacon. This is based on the IMU inside the BTBeacon or the solution based on the rigid frame.
  • P : This is the current pitch (rotation of Y axis) value of the BTBeacon. This is based on the IMU inside the BTBeacon or the solution based on the rigid frame.
  • Y : This is the current yaw (rotation of Z axis) value of the BTBeacon. This is based on the IMU inside the BTBeacon or the solution based on the rigid frame.
  • Button A : This indicates the current status of the A button on the BTBeacon. The button can be set to either ON or OFF. This button is used in fixture calibration. 
  • Button B : This indicates the current status of the B button on the BTBeacon. The button can be set to either ON or OFF. This button is used in fixture calibration. 

 LED Beacon Data

LED BTBeacon data is information on the individual Cartesian coordinate position of every LED connected to the BTBeacon.

  • LED 1 : The number next to the icon is the identifying numbered pulse of the LED in the BTBeacon’s port 1.
  • LED 1 Data : This is the current Cartesian coordinates of the LED in the BTBeacon’s port 1.
  • LED 2 : The number next to the icon is the identifying numbered pulse of the LED in the BTBeacon’s port 2.
  • LED 2 Data : This is the current Cartesian coordinates of the LED in the BTBeacon’s port 2.
  • LED 3 : The number next to the icon is the identifying numbered pulse of the LED in the BTBeacon’s port 3.
  • LED 3 Data : This is the current Cartesian coordinates of the LED in the BTBeacon’s port 3.