Leap Motion Update Improves Physics, Supports Rift And Vive Controllers

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Fully functioning hand-tracking might be a ways off from becoming the standard form of VR input, but Leap Motion is making a big step toward that future today, taking its Interaction development engine to 1.0 Leap Motion has built a new user interface module that allows developers to create their own accessible menus and systems that can be navigated a little like Tom Cruise navigates menus in Minority Report. Tagged with: leap motion Facebook Twitter Reddit More.

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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Qualcomm’s Standalone VR Is Getting Embedded Leap Motion Hand Tracking

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Thankfully, the team at Leap Motion have been working tirelessly to deliver hand tracking and late last year launched their much more compact hand tracking solution specifically aimed at mobile form factors. The real improvements are increased performance, power savings and support for Leap Motion. The program is designed to help OEMs modify the reference Snapdragon 835 VR HMD and enable pre-optimized features like SMI’s eye-tracking and Leap Motion’s hand tracking.

Leap Motion Raises $50 Million For Its Finger Tracking Technology

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VR and AR headsets are heading to market from Microsoft, Google, Facebook and others that have a wide range of capabilities. Just last week we learned about Facebook’s plan for a $200 headset that occupies the low end of the market while Google continues work on a six degrees of freedom standalone headset. This potential likely figured into the $50 million Series C funding raised by Leap Motion.

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

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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. Once the Leap Motion Controller is properly mounted, use the USB extender to plug the controller into your computer. Install the Leap Motion Orion software.

Leap Motion + VR 2015: A Look at the Year Ahead

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With 25,000 new developers registered since August, there are now over 150,000 developers in more than 186 countries building with Leap Motion technology. The post Leap Motion + VR 2015: A Look at the Year Ahead appeared first on Leap Motion Blog.

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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Barrett is the Lead VR Interactive Engineer for Leap Motion. Martin is Lead Virtual Reality Designer and Evangelist for Leap Motion. Barrett and Martin are part of the elite Leap Motion team presenting substantive work in VR/AR UX in innovative and engaging ways. This is one of the reasons we developed the Leap Motion Interaction Engine , whose purpose is to make the foundational elements of grabbing and releasing virtual objects feel natural.

Baofeng Showcases Mobile VR Headset With Positional and Finger Tracking

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Asia VR Headsets baofeng baofeng mojing china vr chinese vr Daydream gear vr google daydream leap motion mobile VR samsung samsung gear vrBaofeng Group, a Chinese mobile communications giant, announced their fifth generation VR headset, the Mojing 5.0, on stage today in Beijing, China. The post Baofeng Showcases Mobile VR Headset With Positional and Finger Tracking appeared first on UploadVR.

Building a Playground of 3D User Interfaces

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At Leap Motion, our team is constantly pushing the boundaries of our interactive VR toolkit. We built the Leap Motion Interaction Engine to give developers the power to define the physical laws of the virtual universe. Since the iPhone introduced multi-touch input in 2007, we’ve seen 2D touchscreen interaction design evolve into a responsive, motion-filled language. ” Tagged with: leap motion Facebook Twitter Reddit More.

Google’s Standalone Headsets Use Snapdragon 835 VR Platform

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Yesterday we learned that Google is teaming up with Qualcomm to produce a new line of standalone VR headsets, made in partnership with companies like HTC and Lenovo. It featured a 2560×1440 AMOLED display, 6DoF tracking, eye tracking, foveated rendering and and even hand-tracking by way of Leap Motion integration. Which, if any, of these features are included in the reference design now that Qualcomm has partnered with Google remains unclear.

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The VRScout Report – The Week in VR Review

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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

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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. Nowadays, I jam around with Reason, Figure, and also Collider for Leap Motion.

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VR Trauma and 3D Design @ LA Hacks 2015

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This weekend, Team Leap Motion made the trip from San Francisco to join over 1500 students at the Pauley Pavilion for LA Hacks. 3D design always gets us excited at Leap Motion, and this experimental Autodesk Maya 2015 integration made a big impression. Map Motion. By integrating the LeapJS and Google Maps APIs, Team Map Motion was able to bring a variety of hand gestures and features to exploring the world.

Designing Physical Interactions for Objects That Don’t Exist

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This is the philosophy behind the Leap Motion Interaction Engine , which is built to handle low-level physics interactions and make them feel familiar. Design’s piece Google’s 3 Rules For Designing Virtual Reality and the Daydream Labs talk at Google I/O 2016 for insights on designing delightful or impossible interactions for hands. The post Designing Physical Interactions for Objects That Don’t Exist appeared first on Leap Motion Blog.

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

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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. Leap Opticals. Recommended: Google Chrome.

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Microsoft May Leapfrog Facebook and Google in VR With HoloLens Tracking

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The system is already used on the $3,000 HoloLens, an advanced augmented reality system, but with it employed on a low-cost VR headset Microsoft may have leapfrogged efforts by both Facebook and Google, powered by Windows. Voice input is something Microsoft can do , but hand-tracking is a separate and enormously difficult problem despite companies like Leap Motion working hard at it.

Scaffolding in VR: Interaction Design for Stacking and Assembly

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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. Even in VR we see early examples like the very nice implementation in Google Blocks. Photo credits: Leap Motion, CanStock, Medium, Google, Sunghoon Jung, Epic Games.

Ergonomics in VR Design

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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. Avoid rotating or moving the horizon line or other large components of the environment unless it corresponds with the user’s real-world motions.

2014: A Year in Virtual Superlatives

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While we love to chart new territory, the monthly SFHTML5 meetup at Google SF holds a special place in our hearts. The post 2014: A Year in Virtual Superlatives appeared first on Leap Motion Blog. We learned so much on the ground with our developer community in 2014.

Reaching for New Social Realities with AltspaceVR’s Cymatic Bruce

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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

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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.” Created by Cipher Prime based on their art show We’ve Traveled So Far , #Headlight is an impressively innovative use of Leap Motion’s image passthrough – generating a Tron-style stream of liquid light that streams across the 3D objects captured by the twin infrared cameras.

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

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With Paper Plane , we studied the basic features of Leap Motion using fairly simple mechanics. What was it like incorporating Leap Motion into your Unity workflow? In addition to VR, we work with AR on various devices: mobile platforms, Google Glass, Epson Moverio. The post Simple, Elegant, Fun: Hauhet + Paper Plane by VRARlab appeared first on Leap Motion Blog.

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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

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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. SEE ALSO Ultrahaptics Relaunches as 'Ultraleap' After Leap Motion Acquisition. “We YUR, a VR fitness company, today announced it’s secured $1.1

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

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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. Here’s what we’ve learned building menus for Leap Motion. VR is a double-edged sword.

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A Hands on Look at the State of Input in VR

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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. Fully immersive VR experiences bring us to tracked motion controllers. From left to right: LEAP Motion motion tracking, flex sensor based motion tracking, exotendon based motion tracking. Virtual Motion Labs.

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

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Google makes Tilt Brush opensource. Google has just announced that the VR painting program Tilt Brush has been put opensource on GitHub. The bad news is that this means that Google has abandoned it. Google is becoming well-known for abandoning the interesting project it creates.

Hands-on: LetinAR Brings a Larger FOV & Depth of Field to AR with ‘Pinhole Effect’ Optics

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In contrast to HoloLens 2 or Magic Leap One, PinMR doesn’t use waveguides, which the company says cuts down manufacturing complexity and cost. With an embedded Leap Motion hand tracker on the opposite side of the fixed frame, I was able to reach out to the 3D objects and bring them right up to the point where the vergence-accommodation conflict took over and I went a bit cross-eyed trying to resolve the image.

Magic Leap One’s Reported Field Of View Leaves A Lot To Be Desired

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Now the Magic Leap One , the severely hyped upcoming AR headset that no one can talk about, only has a 40 degree horizontal field of view according to uncovered developer documentation. In a world where the upcoming Leap Motion North Star headset reportedly has a 100-degree FOV and Magic Leap’s received over $2 billion in funding by comparison, 40 degrees horizontally isn’t much of a “leap” forward at all. AR Magic Leap Magic Leap One

Realmax Qian Is A Light, Fully Wireless AR/VR Headset With A 100-degree FOV

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Though the headset isn’t as fancy-looking as Magic Leap One, it features a much wider 100.8-degree field of view, filling enough of your eye space to feel immersive, and is compatible with prescription glasses rather than requiring special lenses. One missing element in the core hardware is hand tracking, but there’s a USB port on the headset’s front that can connect easily to a Leap Motion gesture sensor.

VRvisu Lets Doctors Study Patient’s Tumors In VR

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Smith has been using an HTC Vive for the project though, instead of the kit’s position-tracked controllers, he can be seen on News 4 Jax using a Leap Motion sensor for hand-tracking. In some cases, doctors are also using 3D visualizations to help better inform patients of their conditions, while in one case a heart scan brought to life inside Google Cardboard even helped save a baby’s life.

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

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Facebook has acquired Ctrl+Labs some years ago, and now it is using its expertise to create a wristband that can sense the motion information that your brain is sending to your hands. Google halves its revenues on the Play Store. Happy Spring everyone!

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

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Good luck in understanding them in Mandarin… Google translates them in weird ways like “Machine Box giant screen viewing mode” What the heck… With this multimode, HTC tries from one side to showcase the capabilities of the Focus Plus and its openness , on the other it tries to remedy to the fact that Viveport M currently doesn’t have great content. Hit Motion: Reloaded.

VR Bound Announces Nominees For Inaugural 2017 VR Awards

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Google – Daydream View. Leap MotionLeap Motion. Google – Tilt Brush. GoogleGoogle Earth VR. Google – Tabel. An evening dedicated to celebrating the past years VR accomplishments.

Nominate Projects And Teams For The VR Awards 2018

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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. 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

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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.