Leap Motion’s North Star is the DK1 of AR: hands-on preview and how to buy it!

The Ghost Howls

You probably have heard about Leap Motion’s Project North Star , that should be able to offer people affordable augmented reality. Notice a Leap Motion sensor installed on top of it. Project North Star is an opensource augmented reality headset that Leap Motion has designed and gifted to the community. HoloLens or Magic Leap One ), but to create a headset that is: Affordable; Completely open, both from a software and hardware standpoint.

VR Prototyping for Less Than $100 with Leap Motion + VRidge


If you have a newer Android phone and a good gaming computer, it’s possible to prototype, test, and share your VR projects with the world using third-party software like RiftCat’s VRidge. 63 for the Leap Motion Controller and VR Developer Mount , now on sale in our web store. 15 for a Google Cardboard viewer. If you’re sensitive to motion sickness, the added latency may cause you to feel uncomfortable. Setup your Google Cardboard with Leap Motion Controller.


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Leap Motion tracking v4 sample apps show how Virtual Reality UX should be made

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This is because Leap Motion has announced its v4 version of the tracking runtime and with it three demos to showcase the new tracking functionalities: Cat Explorer, Particles, and Paint. I’ve tried them all: I was so curious about them that I took out my Leap Motion and used some tape to attach it to my Oculus Rift CV1, that in the end, was something like a mummy headset. A great job by Leap Motion engineers!

Exclusive: Scaffolding in VR – Interaction Design for Easy & Intuitive Building

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Arranging or assembling virtual objects is a common scenario across a range of experiences, particularly in education, enterprise, and industrial training—not to mention tabletop and real-time strategy gaming. Barrett is the Lead VR Interactive Engineer for Leap Motion. Martin is Lead Virtual Reality Designer and Evangelist for Leap Motion. Even in VR we see early examples like the very nice implementation in Google Blocks.

The VRScout Report – The Week in VR Review


Unlike the Lucasfilm AR headset, which uses a smartphone to power it (like the Google Daydream or the Samsung Gear VR does), the company says this concept is a standalone, self-powered headset. The Chinese company is also making a standalone VR headset for Google’s upcoming WorldSense platform and a standalone device for Microsoft’s Windows 10 Mixed Reality platform. San Francisco-based Leap Motion has raised a $50M Series C for their hand- and finger-tracking technology.

Reality is Your Instrument: Composing in Soundscape VR


These spotlights will focus on game design, interaction design, and the big ideas driving our community forward. Designed for the Oculus Rift, it’s available free for Mac and Windows on the Leap Motion App Store. Over time, my interest shifted to Unity3D, and now I love to tinker with new hardware like the Leap Motion, Oculus Rift, or Kinect – which led to experiments like Hoverboard VR , Polyrider , and Soundscape VR.

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Reaching into 3D Data, Exploring CAD Designs, Virtual Meetings, and More


This is my first experience making a game, and I’m happy with how cool it is! Please try a new text input interface using Leap Motion!” Recommended: Google Chrome. Leap Commander. Created by a team of students at McGill University in Montreal, Leap Commander is a tool written in Python that lets you encode any shell command (such as opening a browser and pointing to a webpage, checking for system updates, or launching a program) with your own hand signals.

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2014: A Year in Virtual Superlatives


While we love to chart new territory, the monthly SFHTML5 meetup at Google SF holds a special place in our hearts. Most Game-Changing Tool for Self-Expression. The post 2014: A Year in Virtual Superlatives appeared first on Leap Motion Blog.

Scaffolding in VR: Interaction Design for Stacking and Assembly


Arranging or assembling virtual objects is a common scenario across a range of experiences, particularly in education, enterprise, and industrial training – not to mention tabletop and real-time strategy gaming. Check out our results below or download the example demo from the Leap Motion Gallery. The advanced hand-based physics layer of the Leap Motion Interaction Engine makes the foundational elements of grabbing and releasing virtual objects feel natural.

Ergonomics in VR Design


The Oculus Best Practices , Designing for Google Cardboard , and other resources cover this issue in great detail, but no guide to VR design and development would be complete without it. Restrict Motions to Interaction. On the other hand, being able to control movement reduces the experience of motion sickness. Even in menus, when the game is paused, or during cutscenes, users should be able to look around.

Reaching for New Social Realities with AltspaceVR’s Cymatic Bruce


Nonverbal communication has been huge for us, where we can have people wave, give the Fonzi ‘eyyyy, air quotes, thumbs up… especially with Leap Motion Orion. What’s best about the hand tracking from Leap Motion is that it’s feeding from the actual hands from the person. People like to talk about the uncanny valley when it refers to faces, but for me, uncanny valley also refers to motion and other body parts as well.

Take an Infrared #Selfie, Sculpt Pottery in VR, and 15 More Art/Music Experiences


For VR demos, make sure you check the runtime requirements on their game pages.). ” The game is designed as a small preview of what the future of architecture might be – one where physical design is opened up to the masses in the same way that digital design is becoming more accessible than ever. A new motion capture and animation plugin for Autodesk MotionBuilder 2016, Hand Capture lets you “capture hand and finger movement in real time directly inside MotionBuilder.”

Simple, Elegant, Fun: Hauhet + Paper Plane by VRARlab


These spotlights will focus on game design, interaction design, and the big ideas driving our community forward. Today’s spotlight is a double-feature, as development studio VRARlab have two games in the top 20! Hauhet is a futuristic VR puzzle game, while Paper Plane lets you fly a plane through golden rings. With Paper Plane , we studied the basic features of Leap Motion using fairly simple mechanics.

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15 things to keep in mind if you have to showcase your VR game in China

The Ghost Howls

We of New Technology Walkers have taken there our MR fitness game HitMotion: Reloaded , and made hundreds of people try it. Most of these lessons can be adapted to many countries you can travel to showcase your game to, so I think that if you are a VR indie game developer, you may find this article interesting in any case! Let’s start: what are my pieces of advice if you have to showcase your game in China? Translate your game to Chinese.

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My predictions for augmented reality in 2019

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Magic Leap. Me, wearing a Magic Leap One. The most important news has been for sure the launch of the Magic Leap One. You may hate or love Magic Leap, but the fact that it has released a product is for sure a great news for all the ecosystem : if after all those investments, that startup failed, it would have had a ripple effect on all the ecosystem, making investors lose trust in augmented reality. Rear view of the Magic Leap One. Leap Motion.

VR Fitness Startup YUR Secures $1.1M Investment, Releases Calorie-counting Software for Quest

Road to VR

The plug-in tracks calories burned while in any VR game or app while using Quest, and also extends to a mobile app that syncs to Apple Health and Google Fit. Since it provides an overlay and works in the background while other apps are running, for now the software is only available through Sidequest , the unofficial app store that allows you to side-load unofficially supported games and apps. SEE ALSO Ultrahaptics Relaunches as 'Ultraleap' After Leap Motion Acquisition. “We

A Hands on Look at the State of Input in VR


Today, as more companies enter the VR headset game and input devices continue to see rapid technological advancement, there are now more ways than ever to get your hands into VR. Google Daydream View plus 3DOF controller. Many mobile headsets, like the Google Daydream View and Samsung Gear VR, become fully functional as soon as you slide your compatible smartphone into them. Google Daydream Controller. Virtual Motion Labs. Leap Motion hand tracking sensor.

Designing VR Tools: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly


At a recent Designers + Geeks talk , Jody Medich and Daniel Plemmons talked about some of the discoveries our team has made (and the VR best practices we’ve developed) while building VR experiences with the Oculus Rift and the Leap Motion Controller. Google Cardboard and the DK2), which focus strongly on one aspect of the experience, and big bets (e.g. Progressive disclosure, as we see in the early parts of most games, is a key technique for VR designers.

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The XR Week Peek (2021.02.01): Facebook is very confident in Quest 2 sales, Valve is working on Neural Interfaces, and more!

The Ghost Howls

Stay tuned on this blog, because in some days I will publish an EXTRAORDINARY interview related to one of the most awaited VR games of 2021! GabeN highlights how neural sensors in XR headsets are so useful, that every game studio should already have one in its office.

Pokémon Go Is a Game-Changer, What Can Augmented Reality Do Next?


Before the game’s release in July 2016, the words “augmented reality” probably didn’t mean much to the average consumer. Despite being an emerging concept for the last few years, Google’s April Fools-joke-turned-into-reality made the technology a mass hit. According to the numbers, Pokémon Go has a database of more than 500 million , with an average of 20 million players in the US alone powering up the game every day. Why Stop at Gaming?

Job Simulator Co-Creator Alex Schwartz On Making Hit VR Games Look Easy


His company’s debut game, Job Simulator , is one of the big hits among VR games. And while other VR game companies are struggling to get by, Owlchemy has already had an exit. Google purchased the company — the only game studio that the big search company has acquired — and Owlchemy is still doing what it does. But Schwartz, who gave a talk at the recent DICE Summit gaming event in Las Vegas, said it’s easy to make mistakes. Google fits that perfectly.

GDC 2018 VR And AR News Roundup: Everything You Might Have Missed


Superhot VR Wins Best VR Game At GDC Awards Despite Running In 2017 Too. Oculus’ Hardware Reports Reveal Less Than Half Of Gear Owners Use Motion Controller. Magic Leap’s Design Discussion Reveals Very Few Real Details (Surprise!). Amazing New Leap Motion Concept Videos. They Suspect Nothing Is Coatsink’s First Game For Oculus Go. Catch & Release Is A Gorgeous New VR Fishing Game. Magic Leap One Getting Unreal Engine 4 Support.

The XR Week Peek (2021.03.22): Sony reveals PSVR2 controllers, FRL shows the wristband of the future, and more!

The Ghost Howls

The main trigger can give adaptive force-feedback, applying a different force on the index finger depending on what is happening in the game. Ctrl+Labs already demoed it years ago: check out the link to the Dino Game that I added below this paragraph. Happy Spring everyone!

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VR Bound Announces Nominees For Inaugural 2017 VR Awards


Along with categories that you would expect, such as gaming and entertainment, I was excited to see a category for VR education and training. Google – Daydream View. Leap MotionLeap Motion. Nominees for VR Game of the Year. Owlchemy Labs & Adult Swim Games – Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality. Epic Games – Robo Recall. Steel Crate Games – Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes.

Nominate Projects And Teams For The VR Awards 2018


The VR Awards which saw the likes of AMD Studios, Oculus, HTC, Google, Framestore, Rebellion, Leap Motion, Epic Games and many more has continued to grow, while introducing new categories aimed at celebrating the best in VR. VR Game of the Year. After the success of the VR Awards 2017 , nominations have reopened again for 2018.

‘HOLO CUBE’ Lets You Hold And Play With AR In The Palm Of Your Hand


I didn’t have a Leap Motion attachment and I knew that my hands weren’t actually tracked, but the overwhelming sense of presence when I tried VR for the very first time was enough to momentarily fool me. The phone is placed inside of a Google Cardboard-esque Merge VR headset with a little window so it can see the cube at all times. When I first tried out the Samsung Gear VR, I immediately reached out with my hands.

VEC 2019 – All the most important news from the Vive Ecosystem Conference

The Ghost Howls

Today I will start telling you the main news from the event , and in the next posts, I will tell you how the VEC is and how it has been launching a game there. This means that you can use the Focus Plus in several ways… for a total of 8 : 6DOF Standalone VR headset to enjoy VR experiences; Connected to a PC via Wi-fi, you can play on the Focus+ Viveport or Steam games via Riftcat VRidge or AMD ReLive ; Connected to a Console via StreamLink to play console games.

The 2016 Proto Awards: See Who Took Home VR’s Biggest Honors


Pool Nation VR – Perilous Orbit & Cherry Pop Games. Pearl – Google Spotlight Studios. Best Game: Raw Data – Survios. The Gallery – Episode 1: Call of the Starseed – Cloudhead Games. Bullet Train – Epic Games. Tilt Brush – Google. Fantastic Contraption – Northway Games & Radial Games (Winner) . Tilt Brush – Google (Winner) . Blocks – Leap Motion. Pearl – Google Spotlight Stories (Winner).

Stereopsia report / 1: hands-on with Presenz, Antilatency, full-body on Quest and more!

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This startup makes a nice multiplayer full-body VR game called Hide and Freeze VR , described this way: “Players take turns in playing hider or seeker. If you get frozen you are still part of the game as you can still observe and call out to other hiders to unfreeze you.”.

WCVRI Day 1: Hands-on RealMax AR glasses and Droolon F1 eye tracking!

The Ghost Howls

I’m here to attend the WCVRI , a very big event about Virtual Reality in China, where I am exhibiting HitMotion: Reloaded , the mixed reality fitness game of my agency New Technology Walkers ( contact us if you need some VR development!). Even with the organizers of the event, I have to speak mostly in Chinese (hence my headache) and use a lot of Baidu Fanyi (the Chinese counterpart of Google Translate). Leap Motion) on the same headset.

These are the Nominees for VR Bound’s First VR Awards


Leap Motion. VR Game of the Year : Owlchemy Labs & Adult Swim Games – Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality. Epic Games – Robo Recall. Steel Crate Games – Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes. Vertigo Games & Jaywalkers Interactive – Arizona Sunshine. Google – Tilt Brush. GoogleGoogle Earth VR. Google – Tabel.

The Ghost Howls’s VR Week Peek (2019.10.21): Daydream is dead, Varjo VR-2 is out, Sony makes AR glasses and much more!

The Ghost Howls

Last week I told you that most probably I wouldn’t have written a Week Peek this Sunday because I’m very busy showcasing our game at the WCVRI exhibition in Nanchang. Image by Google). Google’s next flagship phone, the Pixel 4, won’t be compatible with Daydream View headset and Google has also stopped selling the Daydream View. It also adds compatibility with SteamVR, so you can play Steam games and enterprise applications with Varjo. Header image by Google).

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Vive Focus to Get 6DOF Controller Mode, Optical Hand-tracking for Gesture Input

Road to VR

Following interesting research from Google on the topic of 3DOF controllers being used for 6DOF input with the aid of on-board cameras and some computer-vision processing , HTC today teased that the Vive Focus controller could be used as a 6DOF controller by leveraging the headset’s on-board cameras and the company’s “proprietary AI computer vision technology.”

Tomorrow's Tech Today: Takeaways From Augmented World Expo 2019

Charlie Fink

RealMax's AR and VR device with hand tracking by Leap Motion and an epic 102-degree field of view, was used for a multiplayer AR game which involved grabbing fish and knocking over boxes. Apple begins its World Wide Developer Conference on Monday, June 3rd; Microsoft, Facebook (Oculus), Google, Amazon, Snap, and Magic Leap, had theirs earlier in the year. The 10th annual Augmented World Expo ( AWE ) wrapped on Friday, May 31st.

Look and Reach into Another Layer of Reality


Experimental headsets are changing how we see the world, either by creating the virtual worlds of our imaginations, like the Oculus Rift, or adding ghostly layers on top of the real world, like Google Glass.

2016’s Proto Award Winners Revealed, Tilt Brush Receives Top Honour

Road to VR

The annual Proto Awards, set up to highlight and honour the best and brightest the VR industry has to offer, is over for another year, with Google’s Tilt Brush walking away as the overall winner. Pool Nation VR – Perilous Orbit & Cherry Pop Games. Pearl – Google Spotlight Studios. Best Game: Space Pirate Trainer – I-Illusions (Winner). The Gallery – Episode 1: Call of the Starseed – Cloudhead Games. Bullet Train – Epic Games.

GameFace Plans GF-LD Headset With SteamVR And Android Support


The latest headset from the company shown at E3 last week promises integration with Valve’s SteamVR Tracking technology and support for both PC-based SteamVR games as well as Android VR content. Both headsets are said to feature a Tegra chip and 2560 x 1440 OLED displays, along with Leap Motion, front-facing stereo cameras and eye-tracking. GameFace Labs is a company I’ve seen at countless VR events.