The XR Week Peek (2020.09.21): Quest 2 released, NVIDIA acquires ARM, Leap Motion 2 on sale, and much more!

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At Facebook Connect this week , Facebook has: Released the powerful Oculus Quest 2 , powered by Snapdragon XR2, and with a 4K display. You can finally buy the Leap Motion v2 accessory. The time for us XR developers to buy a Leap Motion 2 has finally come.

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

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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.

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Leap Motion’s Interaction Engine Lets You Get a Grip in VR

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Launched back in 2012, Leap Motion first introduced us to their new way of interacting with computers in three dimensions. At the time, the Leap Motion sensor sat on your desk or was built into your keyboard, allowing for natural hand and finger movement tracking. This allowed you to gesture at your screen to scroll through webpages, pinch zoom, draw, play games and even sign digital documents.

UltraLeap Gemini review: use both hands in VR!

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One of the first accessories for AR/VR I had the opportunity to work on is the Leap Motion hands tracking controller : I made some cool experiments and prototypes with it and the Oculus Rift DK2. Alex Colgan holding the Leap v1 (on the left) and v2 (on the right).

Oculus Quest Controller-Free Hand Tracking SDK Now Available

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The SDK for controller-free Hand Tracking on Oculus Quest is now available, allowing developers to start integrating the feature into their apps. Controller-free hand tracking for Quest was first announced in September at Oculus Connect 6, and shipped last week as an experimental feature.

Building Blocks: A Deep Dive Into Leap Motion Interactive Design

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It’s the feeling of being “in the zone” on the sports field, or becoming immersed in a game. Creating the potential for flow is a complex challenge in game design. The game becomes frustrating and players will rage-quit. The game is boring and players move on. Leap Motion Orion tracking was designed with simple physical interactions in mind, starting with pinch and grab. Augmented & Virtual Reality Leap Motion Team Orion UX Design blocks exploration

Announcing the Leap Motion 3D Jam Winners!

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Today we’re excited to announce the winners of the Leap Motion 3D Jam – but first, we have a special surprise for all our top 20 semi-finalists. The winners were chosen from the semi-finalists by a special jury drawn from Leap Motion and the IndieCade community. #1.

Oculus Rift S Onboard Cameras Could Support Finger Tracking In Future

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Comments made by Oculus CTO John Carmack at Oculus Connect 5 and Twitter suggest that the upcoming Oculus Rift S cameras could support finger tracking. The report revealed the headset would be an iterative update, increasing resolution and changing to the same inside-out tracking system as the upcoming Oculus Quest. In 2016 at Oculus Connect 3 , Chief Scientist Michael Abrash made a range of predictions about VR in the year 2021.

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

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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. The experience within the headset will be at least a couple of frames behind what you would experience on the Oculus Rift or HTC Vive. Setup your Google Cardboard with Leap Motion Controller.

Bending Music and Spacetime with Leap Motion + VR

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Now featuring full head-mounted support for the Oculus Rift DK1 and DK2, Collider brings together raw infrared imagery with full 3D immersion – and it’s available free on the Leap Motion App Store. Post a review on the Leap Motion App Store or write a comment below!

Who Will Win the Leap Motion 3D Jam? 7 Early Submissions

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This weekend, we saw 50+ early submissions to the Leap Motion 3D Jam! Below are just a few of the games we’ll be playing tomorrow, with lots more to come over the next two weeks: Cityscape. A hectic and challenging puppet racing game for Windows.

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!

Researchers Develop VR Haptic Feedback System Using Custom Quadcopters

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Utilizing the Motive OptiTrack motion capturing system combined with 12 Flex 3 cameras covering a total space of 4m x 4m x 3m, VRHapticDrones is able to track the HMD, multiple quadcopters, as well as a users defined body parts and stream 100 Hz samples to the VRHapticDrones backend with millimeter accuracy. Leap Motion tracking sensors mounted to the front of an Oculus Rift headset track the users hand, allowing them to interact naturally with the floating tactile drones.

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This Tech Lets You Move Virtual Objects Like A Jedi

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To test the feature, the team used an Oculus Rift CV1 for display and a Leap Motion was applied for hand tracking. The virtual environment was developed in the Unity game engine, and the native physics engine of Unity was used to drive the physics-based simulation of the Force Push interface. News Jedi Force Push Leap Motion Oculus Rift Virginia TechThese are definitely the VR powers you’re looking for…. It was only a matter of time.

HTC Vive FAQ: What You Need to Know About Leap Motion + SteamVR

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Leap Motion adds a whole new level of expression to your virtual avatar – so you can point, wave, or dance. UE4 has built-in Vive support, and with the new official plugin release in Unreal Engine 4.11 , it’s easier than ever to get started with Leap Motion + Vive. On the Oculus Rift, the distance between the controller and your eyes is about 8 cm. The virtual controller within the game engine needs to have the same offset from the VR cameras.

Under the Hood: The Leap Motion Hackathon’s Augmented Reality Workspace

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Early last month, Leap Motion kicked off our internal hackathon with a round of pitch sessions. Our team’s video got shared on /r/oculus and led to a feature on Wired. At Leap Motion, we spend a lot of time experimenting with new ways of interacting with technology, and we often run into the same problem. Leap Motion. The project used the public Leap Motion SDK with standard tracking to receive hand tracking and video passthrough data.

Holovis Uses Giant Robot Arms for Intense VR Motion Simulated Experiences

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The technology claims to offer the rider genuine interactivity and ‘complete agency’ over the experience, including real-time control of the motion profile. The real-time VR world needs to synchronise perfectly with the motion and gesture interactivity, so we’ve developed specialist software to achieve this. Holovis says that they’re aiming at a ride/game time of between 3 and 5 minutes, “depending on the design, IP and the required capacity throughput”.

Inside Leap Motion: 5 Hands-On Tips for Developing in VR

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From gaming to big data, virtual reality gives us the chance to build and explore whole new worlds beyond the screen. As we developed demos and prototypes with the Oculus Rift internally, several UX insights sprung forth.

Inside the Leap Motion AXLR8R: 90 Seconds with Diplopia

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By creating a game that forces your eyes to work together, he hopes to offer a therapeutic virtual-reality solution that makes it fun for people to overcome their amblyopia (lazy eye) and strabismus with games. You can read more about James’ work in his guest post on designing Diplopia for the Oculus Rift, which he built using our Unity Demo Pack ( update: now deprecated ). Want to see more projects with the Oculus Rift and Leap Motion Controller?

Oculus Software Designers Tease ‘Game Changing’ Reveal For OC6

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We’re a day out from Oculus Connect 6 and a group of software designers are teasing big things. I am excited to be giving a deep dive talk at #OC6 on something special we have been cooking up with @EtiennePinchon , @dmvrg & @crookookoo and the rest of our fantastic design crew at Oculus. In another tweet, Pinchon stated that the session would prive a “sneak peak [sic] at this insanely cool and game changing thing we have been working on” Hey hey everyone!

Thomas Street’s UI Exploration with the Oculus Rift and Leap Motion

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We at Thomas Street have been eyeing the Oculus Rift for quite some time, paying particular attention to demos featuring novel interfaces. We all grew tired of talking about how we wanted to explore VR development, so we allocated several weeks to tinkering with the Oculus Rift and Leap Motion — staffing one full-time developer and a few designers part-time. We got things started by downloading the most popular Oculus Rift / Leap Motion demos and giving them a try.

#3DJam: The Blind Leading the Blind… in VR!

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One of the great appeals of motion control is that it gives us an enormous feeling of power and control over our digital environment. In dualcyon , each player is equipped with a Leap Motion Controller and Oculus Rift, but there’s a twist: you can only see the interactions of the other player.

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Oculus Quest hands tracking review: an impressive first step towards natural UX

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Last week, Oculus rolled out the runtime v12 of the Oculus Quest , which took various features to the standalone headset, and among them, there is hands-tracking support. Oculus Quest hands tracking video review. Oculus Quest hands tracking textual review.

Hands-On: Oculus Quest Hand Tracking Feels Great, But It’s Not Perfect

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During Oculus Connect 6 in San Jose, CA, Mark Zuckerberg unveiled that the Oculus Quest would allow for hand and finger tracking without the need of any hand controllers, and of course, I couldn’t wait to try it. To demonstrate how this technology works, Facebook offered a hands-on demo for attendees to try out using their VR game Elixir at the Oculus Connect 6 demo area. . We’ve come a long way since Oculus’ consumer product.

Multiplayer VR and Cinematic Wizardry

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Whether you’re well versed in the VR industry or new to the scene, the number of developers and designers entering the game is astounding. Using the Leap Motion Controller and Oculus Rift, you’ll be able to throw spells with varying force and speed to battle the unknown evils ahead. A full bodied experience – Loop uses a Leap Motion Controller, Oculus Rift, and a treadmill.

Here Are All The Controller-Free Hand Tracking Apps Available On SideQuest

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Facebook recently released the experimental controller-free hand tracking feature for the Oculus Quest and a week later they released the hand tracking software development kit , allowing developers to start to experiment with the feature.

Interaction Engine 1.0: Object Interactions, UI Toolkit, Handheld Controller Support, and More

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At Leap Motion, our mission is to empower people to interact seamlessly with the digital landscape. Last year, we released an early access beta of the Leap Motion Interaction Engine , a layer that exists between the Unity game engine and real-world hand physics. We’ve heard from many developers about the challenge of supporting multiple inputs, so this feature makes it easier to support hand tracking alongside the Oculus Touch or Vive controllers.

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3D Jam Let’s Play: Demos to Haunt, Puzzle, and Delight You

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At 2pm PST, join us on Twitch TV to see the latest demos and chat with your fellow game lovers. With its quietly haunting presence, this low-poly demo is perfectly suited to the Oculus Rift. We really enjoyed the quiet, ethereal atmosphere of this slow-paced puzzle game.

Ultraleap Gemini is hands tracking at its best

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Ultraleap is the company born from the acquisition of Leap Motion by Ultrahaptics and it has always worked towards offering optimal hands tracking solutions for the XR market. Ultraleap Gemini is not ready to develop boxing games.

12 Explosive Sci-Fi Games

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Check out 12 3D Jam games that let you escape (several!) C0NFL1CT is a turn-based virtual reality game prototype that adds a new dimension to classic chess-like gameplay, including new tactical possibilities. C0NFL1CT features a natural movement locomotion system that did not induce motion sickness and lets the player move in any direction, while requiring only 4 square meters of free space and the Oculus Rift DK2 headset.”. Requires: Windows, Oculus Rift.

Reality is Your Instrument: Composing in Soundscape VR

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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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Cal Hacks 2014: Voice-Commanded Virtual Reality and Musical Data

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Leap Motion hacks and mashups, plus lots more photos from a weird, wacky, and wild weekend. (By Leap Learning. Get the most out of your online lectures by writing intricate notes and controlling video while using the Leap Motion Controller and the Oculus Rift.

The Importance of Hand Tracking UX Design

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If you’re going to do a lot of development, you had better use Oculus Link through a USB 3.0 Also, install the Oculus app and the Oculus Hub on your computer. Follow the guides here to set up your Unity account and turn on Oculus hand-tracking. Under Assets, click Oculus.

11 Mind-Bending Puzzle Games

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Check out 11 3D Jam games that reinvent classic puzzle mechanics or unlock new ways to find hidden solutions. Requires: Windows, Oculus Rift. Created by Gear Worx Productions ( @GWPGearWorx ), this prologue chapter (dubbed “Apartment 202”) is a small sample of an upcoming game series, focused on Slade’s quest to uncover the details of his sister’s mysterious death. I honestly never heard of the Leap Motion Controller until someone posted on Facebook about the 3D Jam.

12 Games to Unleash Your Magic Powers

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Bat Touch was created by John Bernhelm, a game and story designer at Telltale Games who recently helped create Tales from the Borderlands. Requires: Windows, Oculus Rift. Inspired by the Doctor Who episodes Blink and Last Christmas , this adventure game lets you switch between the real world and a dreamworld at will, using Leap Motion’s Quick Switch function. Requires: Windows, Mac, Oculus Rift. Requires: Windows, Oculus Rift.

Beyond Flatland: User Interface Design for VR

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The interface in Quill by Oculus builds on the physical skeumorphs of traditional PC design to create a familiar set of cues. At Leap Motion, we’ve been experimenting internally with a range of different interfaces that are part of the user. The post Beyond Flatland: User Interface Design for VR appeared first on Leap Motion Blog. Augmented & Virtual Reality Leap Motion Team Orion Unity UX Design

Unity Core Assets 101: How to Start Building Your VR Project

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With the Leap Motion Unity Core Assets and Modules , you can start building right away with features like custom-designed hands, user interfaces, and event triggers. Leap Motion Core Assets. The Leap Motion Unity assets provide an easy way to bring hands into a Unity game. they support both the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. With the Attachments Module, you can: attach Unity game objects to a hand.

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