Leap Motion Releases Major Tracking Update and New Demos to Show It Off

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Leap Motion builds the leading markerless hand-tracking technology, and today the company revealed a update which they claim brings major improvements “across the board.” Founded in 2010, Leap Motion released its initial product (today called the ‘ Leap Motion Controller ‘) in 2012, a desktop-focused peripheral which offered markerless hand-tracking. Image courtesy Leap Motion.

Leap Motion Teases ‘Augmented Office’ With Project North Star AR Dev Kit

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With Leap Motion’s Project North Star set to hit the streets in the coming months, the American-based hand-tracking depth sensor manufacturer has officially begun teasing the various ambitious design concepts made possible by the open source AR development kit. In a series of posts made to the official Leap Motion Twitter account , the company gave a behind-the-scenes sneak peek at a user interface referred to as the “augmented office.”

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Leap Motion Improves Its Hand Tracking (Again)

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Leap Motion continues to improve its hand tracking technology with the latest update today. Software updates issued over the last few years for Leap Motion’s hand-tracking sensors have steadily improved the hardware’s functionality. Mounted facing outward on a VR headset, Leap Motion’s $80 Controllers allow some developers to build VR software with complex interactions and without using hand-held controllers.

Leap Motion Looks To Combine AR & VR With ‘Mirrorworlds’

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Leap Motion dreams big with an ambitious new project that could open ‘alternative dimensions of reality, layered over the physical world.’. AMerican computer hardware manufacturer Leap Motion has released a series of concept videos teasing a technological future where augmented and virtual reality have collided to form a ‘parallel reality’ of sorts. The post Leap Motion Looks To Combine AR & VR With ‘Mirrorworlds’ appeared first on VRScout.

Ultrahaptics Relaunches as ‘Ultraleap’ After Leap Motion Acquisition

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Leap Motion, the optical hand-tracking firm, was acquired by Bristol, UK-based haptics company Ultrahaptics earlier this year. Before the acquisition of Leap Motion and the subsequent rebranding, Ultrahaptics was best known for its mid-air haptic technology which uses ultrasound to project tactile sensations onto users’ hands. Prior to its acquisition, Leap Motion created an open-source AR headset, Project North Star. Image courtesy Leap Motion.

Leap Motion Announces Open-Source AR Dev Kit ‘Project North Star’

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If you’re looking to add accurate hand-tracking technology to your VR or AR experience, there are few options outside Leap Motion technology. The American computer sensor hardware manufacturer provides some of the highest commercial quality gesture-tracking devices on the market at some of the most competitive prices available. The post Leap Motion Announces Open-Source AR Dev Kit ‘Project North Star’ appeared first on VRScout.

Leap Motion Reveals First Extended Demo Shot Through North Star Headset

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Back in April Leap Motion first revealed North Star , a prototype AR headset that’s designed to replicate the features of a future high-end AR headset, as a platform for experimentation. Leap Motion is best known for its markerless hand-tracking technology , but in the last few quarters the company has been increasingly showing of its design chops in both software and now hardware. Image courtesy Leap Motion.

Report: Apple Nearly Acquired Leap Motion but the Deal Fell Through

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According to a report from Business Insider , earlier this year Apple was on the verge of acquiring Leap Motion, but the deal fell through days before it was expected to close. Founded in 2010, Leap Motion develops leading optical hand-tracking software. Although Leap Motion has been working on some very cool AR prototypes lately, a clear revenue stream to support its ongoing operations has not emerged. Image courtesy Leap Motion.

Leap Motion ‘Virtual Wearable’ AR Prototype is a Potent Glimpse at the Future of Your Smartphone

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Leap Motion , a maker of hand-tracking software and hardware, has been experimenting with exactly that, and is teasing some very interesting results. Leap Motion has shown lots of cool stuff that can be done with their hand-tracking technology, but most of it is seen through the lens of VR. Now as Leap Motion’s VP of Design, he’s turning his ideas into (augmented) reality. AR Design Leap Motion News ar design ar interface leap motion

Leap Motion’s New Mobile Hand-tracking Sensor Brings 180-degree Field of View

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The new Leap Motion Mobile Platform consists of hardware and software optimised for VR and AR hand tracking on mobile devices. Building on the success of the original Leap Motion device, the brand new hardware aims to be tightly integrated into future mobile VR headsets. Designed as a natural motion interface for PC and Mac, the original Leap Motion Controller began shipping in volume in July 2013, for $80.

Gear VR Capable Of Hand Tracking Via USB-C And Leap Motion

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Leap Motion’s New 180-degree Hand-tracking Comes to Qualcomm’s Latest VRDK Headset

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Qualcomm has debuted an updated version of their VR Headset Reference Design now with Leap Motion’s new 180-degree hand-tracking to bring gesture control to mobile VR headsets. The new headset and Leap Motion tracking module was shown off during last week’s GDC 2017. And now, Qualcomm’s latest VRDK brings hand-tracking into the mix thanks to Leap Motion.

Leap Motion Jumps Into AR With Project North Star Headset/Platform

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Over the past five or so years Leap Motion has been pushing hand-tracking VR forward with its controller-free sensor. Many see hand-tracking as the ideal way to interact with content, and basic finger and gesture recognition can already be seen in AR kits like Microsoft’s HoloLens (though the upcoming Magic Leap One will use a remote-like controller). For starters, Leap Motion has built its own PC-based AR headset acting as a reference design.

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.

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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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 1 has been used by almost every developer and researcher , both in VR and not.

Leap Motion Goes Mobile

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That’s why I think all of us work in technology, and why we at Leap Motion are always very much living in the future. Today I’m going to be talking about the Leap Motion Mobile Platform. This is a combination of software and hardware we’ve made specifically for untethered, battery-powered virtual and augmented reality devices, many of which will run off the same types of processors already used in smartphones around the globe.

Leap Motion Raises $50 Million For Its Finger Tracking Technology

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Leap Motion is one possible solution, with its hand and finger tracking technology offering one route for VR and AR headsets to let people make selections and interact with virtual worlds. This potential likely figured into the $50 million Series C funding raised by Leap Motion. Morgan Asset Management’s Private Equity Group, Lawrence Unrein, is joining Leap’s board of directors. Hand Tracking Hardware

Hands-on With Leap Motion Hand-Tracking In Qualcomm’s Standalone Headset

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Hand-tracking looks likely to play a big part in that future, and Leap Motion is one of a few companies leading the charge in this department. Leap’s latest, well, leap is to bring its controller-free hand tracking tech to mobile VR headsets. That ultimately means that Leap Motion might be officially integrated into not one but several standalone devices within the coming year. Tagged with: hand tracking , leap motion , qualcomm , standalone.

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.

Leap Motion Reveals Project North Star, an Open-source Wide FOV AR Headset Dev Kit

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Over the last few weeks, Leap Motion has been teasing some very compelling AR interface prototypes, demonstrated on an unknown headset. Leap Motion plans to open-source the design of the device, which they’re calling Project North Star. Founded in 2010, Leap Motion develops leading hand-tracking hardware and software. ” Image courtesy Leap Motion. Image courtesy Leap Motion.

Leap Motion’s ‘Interaction Engine’ Unlocks More Natural Human Input for VR

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Leap Motion has announced it’s to early access to the beta of its Interaction Engine , a set of systems designed to help developers implement compelling, realistic and hopefully frustration-free input with just their hands. Leap Motion’s release of Interaction Engine’s Beta completes another piece of the peripheral-free VR input puzzle that the company has dedicated itself to over the last couple of years.

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. Leap Motion has also been the first important company I have interviewed in this blog.

Qualcomm Signs “Multi-year” Deal to Bring Ultraleap Hand-tracking to XR2 Headsets

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Qualcomm and Ultraleap today announced a “multi-year co-operation agreement” that will bring Ultraleap’s controllerless hand-tracking tech (formerly of Leap Motion) to XR headsets based on the Snapdragon XR2 chipset.

VRgineers Reveals Improved ‘XTAL’ Professional Headset with Auto IPD Adjustment & Leap Motion

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VRgineers , a Czech-based startup building enterprise VR headsets, today revealed their new ‘XTAL’ headset, an improved version of their prior VRHero “5K” headset, which is smaller, lighter, and builds Leap Motion’s hand tracking tech directly into the headset. XTAL also builds Leap Motion’s hand-tracking module directly into the headset, enabling hand-tracking in a 180 × 180 degree area, central to the direction the headset is facing.

Leap Motion secures $50M to continue its work in VR/AR hand-tracking tech

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Leap Motion, Inc., the leading creator of motion tracking technology for natural input in virtual and augmented reality, today announced $50 million in Series C funding led by clients advised by J.P. Morgan Asset Management’s Private Equity Group, has joined Leap Motion’s board of directors. Since its founding in 2010, Leap Motion has become the recognized leader in motion tracking for VR/AR.

North Star from Leap Motion is the next level of AR interface

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Years ago, Leap Motion made headlines when they released footage of their intuitive Leap Motion device. For those not familiar with their namesake, this peripheral allowed users to control everything on their PCs with intuitive motion controls and gestures, as seen in the video below. In the years since that video’s release, Leap has successfully released that product and used it to supplement VR controls and development.

Leap Motion 3D Jam: Presented by IndieCade

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Starting on October 19th, Leap Motion and IndieCade are kicking off a six-week global competition for developers to build innovative experiences for desktop, virtual reality, and beyond. Featured spot in a Leap Motion marketing campaign and (of course!)

OSVR Hacker Dev Kit will Feature Embedded Leap Motion Technology

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Today, Leap Motion and OSVR announced that the upcoming OSVR Hacker Dev Kit will feature an optional faceplate embedded with Leap Motion hardware. The addition of the OSVR faceplate with Leap Motion will make the HDK the first-to-market virtual reality headset with fully integrated motion control technology. This also marks the first in a future lineup of virtual reality headsets with embedded Leap Motion hardware and software.

Leap Motion 3D Jam 2.0 Launches on Sept. 28th!

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We’ve come a long way since we first launched the Leap Motion Controller two years ago. Since we released our technology to the world, we’ve been constantly working to bring new tools and assets to developers building with the Leap Motion platform. Community Favorites (2): $500 + Hardware. Community Favorite (1): $500 + Hardware. Teams who complete a submission by November 9th will get a refund for the cost of the hardware.

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.

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. 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.

6 Principles of Leap Motion Interaction Design

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In the process of building applications and various UX experiments at Leap Motion, we’ve come up with a useful set of heuristics to help us critically evaluate our gesture and interaction designs. The team at Leap Motion is constantly working to improve the accuracy and consistency of our tracking technology. That being said, there will always be limitations to any sensor technology, and the Leap Motion Controller is no exception.

From Orion to Mobile VR: Leap Motion in 2016

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Click To Tweet Leap Motion goes mobile. Our team will be at CES January 5-8 with our Leap Motion Mobile Platform reference design. The reaction from our community was incredible: The Orion beta makes it feel like new hardware. MARCH 2: To match the new capabilities of Leap Motion Orion with the performance demands of VR, we gave our Unity toolset an overhaul from the ground up. VR prototyping for less than $100 with Leap Motion + VRidge.

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. New hardware prototypes. The post Leap Motion + VR 2015: A Look at the Year Ahead appeared first on Leap Motion Blog.

Clasping Objects In VR Becomes Effortless With Leap Motion’s Interaction Engine

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Leap Motion, Inc., the US-based company which deals with the development of computer hardware has recently unveiled a beta version of its famous the Interaction Engine, which brings a whole lot of changes when it comes to handling objects in virtual reality. All those people who have experienced Leap Motion hand tracker will be in the right position to explain how it feels to use it. Virtual Reality Leap Motion Inc.

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! With the Leap Motion Controller and Oculus Rift, explore a bioluminescent world full of magic and beauty to create a synesthetic experience combining music, sound, art, and hand interaction.

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. Have a question about Leap Motion + HTC Vive? The post HTC Vive FAQ: What You Need to Know About Leap Motion + SteamVR appeared first on Leap Motion Blog.