A brand new application, now available on Android, enables users to use their mobile phone as a head tracking tool in Microsoft Flight Simulator. Called SmoothTrack, it will enable anyone with a mobile device to implement a head-tracking tool for Microsoft Flight Simulator.
Developed by John Goering, the application will work on most mobile devices providing it has a front-ended camera and a supported OS. You download the application, follow a few basic instructions and shortly after you will have a fully-fledged head-tracking tool that is compatible with Microsoft Flight Simulator. You will also need to download open source project opentrack. You can find those details here on a git repository.
If you’re unsure what a head-tracking tool will do, it will enable you to move your head around and the camera within the simulator will move accordingly. Move closer to the screen to see the panel closer, move your head left and see the views out to your left. It’s not quite virtual-reality, but does give you extra precision on looking at specific areas of your cockpit.
Currently, the SmoothTrack application is available for iOS for $9.99 and is in final beta testing for Android for $4.99. Note that once the beta testing period has ended on the Android version, the price will rise to match the iOS version.
SmoothTrack is also compatible with:
- Microsoft Flight Simulator
- Microsoft Flight Simulator X
- Elite: Dangerous
- IL2: Sturmovik
- Euro Truck Simulator 2
- Kerbal Space Program
- …and many, many others!