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 Jumps Into AR With Project North Star Headset/Platform


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.


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Leap Motion Raises $50 Million For Its Finger Tracking Technology


VR and AR headsets are heading to market from Microsoft, Google, Facebook and others that have a wide range of capabilities. 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. Hand Tracking Hardware

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.

E3 2018 Pre-show Roundup ? ?Beat Saber? on PSVR, Xbox Mum on VR, New Game Announcements & More

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Microsoft Stays Mum on Xbox VR. Image courtesy Microsoft. During Microsoft’s main E3 2018 presentation, Head of Xbox Phil Spencer talked briefly on stage about the future of the brand, mentioning ‘future “consoles”‘ in development, but there was once again no sign of VR support for Xbox One. The hardware is more than capable of taking the fight to Sony, but for now it continues to be one-way traffic. Major Tracking Update for Leap Motion.

Project North Star is Now Open Source


At Leap Motion, we envision a future where the physical and virtual worlds blend together into a single magical experience. While the classic Leap Motion Controller’s FOV is significantly beyond existing AR headsets such as Microsoft Hololens and Magic Leap One, it felt limiting on the North Star headset. The post Project North Star is Now Open Source appeared first on Leap Motion Blog.

Microsoft HoloLens: Everything you need to know about the $3,000 AR headset


Microsoft HoloLens, the company's holographic, augmented reality headset took us all by surprise when it was unveiled at a Windows 10 event at the beginning of 2015. The HoloLens headset is a bold piece of hardware and the most exciting evidence yet that Microsoft is taking wearable tech seriously. Microsoft is promising a future filled with holograms but not as we'd imagine them - you'll only be able to see them with the HoloLens strapped on.

The VRScout Report – The Week in VR Review


But it seems like Lenovo’s interests aren’t just tied to hardware; they also hinted at an “AR platform” on their blog post. 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. News Comic-Con Leap Motion Lenovo Ready Player One The VR Fund

Researchers Show Off TouchVR Palm And Finger Haptic Feedback Device


So equipped, the wearer can feel applied force and sliding motions in the palm, combined with vibrations that run from the palm to the fingertips to simulate object textures. There’s no need to hold another controller, as hands are tracked with a Leap Motion hand sensor and HTC Vive Pro VR system. Haptics Hardware russia TouchVR venturebeat

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What Would a Truly 3D Operating System Look Like?


Jody Medich is a UX designer and researcher who believes that the next giant leap in technology involves devices and interfaces that can “speak human.” Two projects from Microsoft, Pivot and SandDance , demonstrate the power of dynamic movement between data visualizations to reveal patterns within data. In many ways, this has been lost with traditional digital interfaces, as UIs are inevitably shaped and limited by hardware capabilities.

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F-35 Pilot: The AR Helmet’s Field Of View Is Too Narrow

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That’s roughly the same as Microsoft’s HoloLens 2 and Magic Leap One. Leap Motion’s helmet-sized Project North Star platform claims a 100 degree field of view. AR Hardware ar helmet ar hud AR tech augmented reality f-35 HMD lockheed martin

All you need to know on HoloLens 2

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They teased a lot of interesting features and services of the device, and left the remaining technical details to some technical sheets on Microsoft website. There was a patent claiming that Microsoft was able to double the field of view with regard to the original HoloLens and it seems that that rumor was true: Alex Kipman has claimed that the FOV of the new HoloLens is MORE THAN DOUBLE than the FOV of the original one. Woman wearing a HoloLens2 device (Image by Microsoft).

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.

OpenXR Now Certifying Headset & App Compliance, Adds Extensions for Hand-tracking & Eye-tracking

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The standard has been in development since April 2017 and is supported by virtually every major hardware, platform, and engine company in the VR industry, including key AR players. The time to embrace OpenXR is now,” said Don Box, Technical Fellow at Microsoft. “In

Facebook Patents ‘Small Form Factor’ AR Display With ‘Large Field of View’


The Magic Leap One for example is relatively compact with a horizontal field of view of 40 degrees. Leap Motion’s Project North Star design achieves 100 degrees, but is significantly bulkier. The source claimed to have tried a prototype that “resembled traditional glasses much more closely than the bulky AR headsets offered by Microsoft (the HoloLens) or Magic Leap.”. Microsoft likely isn’t resting on its laurels, however.

WCVRI: Hands-on with new North Star headset, Virtualizer 2, Pareal VR and more!

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At WCVRI , I have tried some cool AR/VR hardware. Project North Star is an opensource reference design for a wide-FOV augmented reality headset that Leap Motion (now Ultraleap ) has given to the community. The project is very interesting, but unluckily the pieces that compose this device are difficult to find and the hardware is not easy to be assembled. The hand tracking was fabulous as always thanks to Leap Motion and its Orion tracking.

GameFace Plans GF-LD Headset With SteamVR And Android Support


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. The VR industry is moving a lot faster than it did in 2013 — when GameFace started — and companies like Microsoft, Google and Facebook are racing to provide better and more convenient solutions built by ever-growing teams. Hardware VR Industry News GameFace

HTC Announces Vive Standalone For The Chinese Market


These standalone systems are designed to be far more convenient than Rift and Vive because they don’t require separate hardware like a phone, PC or dedicated external tracking systems to operate. Microsoft, meanwhile, is partnering to release a series of Windows-powered VR headsets that require a PC to operate but also include motion controllers. Hardware VR Headsets Vive

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


Realmax has officially taken its AR/VR ambitions from dream to reality, having evolved its Qian headset from an intriguing prototype at the 2018 CES to actual production hardware at the 2019 CES. 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.

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


Hand-tracking on the Quest without the need for any type of additional hardware shows a lot of promise for the future of the Quest and VR as a whole. As for actions such as pulling up menus or teleporting around virtual environments, it’s possible that hand gestures such as the ones used with the Microsoft HoloLens or Leap Motion could resolve this. When the Oculus Rift first shipped out, they didn’t come with motion controls — just an Xbox One game controller.

Intel’s Project Alloy Demonstrates “Merged Reality”


This provides Leap Motion type hand tracking as well as six-degrees-of-freedom, room-scale positional tracking. Much like the Microsoft Hololens the user is looking at the real world and the device overlays virtual objects and avatars into your view so they appear to be part of the real world. The demo continued using natural hand motions to push a switch to open another room containing a virtual golden lathe.

Intel’s Project Alloy Demonstrates “Merged Reality”


This provides Leap Motion type hand tracking as well as six-degrees-of-freedom, room-scale positional tracking. Much like the Microsoft Hololens the user is looking at the real world and the device overlays virtual objects and avatars into your view so they appear to be part of the real world. The demo continued using natural hand motions to push a switch to open another room containing a virtual golden lathe.

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. Image by Microsoft). Happy Spring everyone! The Winter is over, and the trees are blossoming again!

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The XR Week Peek (2020.06.01): HP Reverb G2 launched, Qualcomm goes bullish on 5G and Wi-fi 6 and more!

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HP and Microsoft have a long track in offering enterprise hardware, so this headset may battle HTC on his own land (B2B). Rony Abovitz steps down from Magic Leap CEO. It is the end of an era: Abovitz has been the mastermind behind Magic Leap’s communication and vision.

The Ghost Howls’s VR Week Peek (2019.09.22): Oculus working on AR glasses with Luxottica, Apple glasses FOV discovered and much more!

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Most probably there won’t be hardware releases (Oculus has just launched the Rift S and the Quest ) but just teases of new devices of the future and a lot of new software releases and showcases (like the one about the game that is being developed by Respawn). In the meantime it has already announced new hardware of its: Portal 2 , the second edition of the smart videocall device that Facebook wants every person to have at home to “defy distance”.

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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!

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Google will continue to keep the servers up to let existing Daydream users continue using the apps, but there will be no new apps, no new products and no new sales of the hardware. VR-2 Pro adds an integrated Leap Motion and a 10m cable. In them you can find some interesting insights on how Microsoft designed the UX of HoloLens (go to section 2 of the slides linked below).

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How VR Can Get To A Hundred Million Headsets By 2024


Only a handful of companies worldwide have the teams and infrastructure in place to build a complete platform with the hardware, software and services that together would offer a truly compelling VR system. In 2018, headsets from companies like Lenovo still include drawbacks keeping the hardware from achieving mass consumer status. That’s what you’ll think about when wearing the Lenovo Explorer , which was produced in partnership with Microsoft.

Pimax Announces Improvements to “5K” Plus and “8K” Headsets, Updates on Accessories

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Serious hardware concerns such as fractured exterior shells, sub-par cabling, and weak headphone jacks are all getting a makeover. ” SEE ALSO Most Windows VR Headsets Have Vanished from the Microsoft Store, Limited Stock Elsewhere. Promised back in the Kickstarter days, Pimax says that it’s been delayed due to Leap Motion’s acquisition by ULtraHaptics.

The Ghost Howls’s VR Week Peek (2019.12.23): Facebook works on its OS, Oculus Link official cable released, Huawei VR glasses available, and much more!

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It is also working on creating its own hardware : a previous report highlighted that it could build its own chips in the future, and this article shows how the company is working also in acquiring hardware parts markers.

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The Ghost Howls’s VR Week Peek (2019.12.09): Qualcomm XR2 defines the future of XR, Magic Leap having tragic sales, and much more!

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It is intriguing that many companies are already experimenting with this new chipset, and one of these partners is Niantic, that is thinking about going the AR hardware route after all its hard work on gelocalized AR games like Pokemon Go. Image by Magic Leap). Goood Monday everyone!

The High-end VR Room of the Future Looks Like This


The first hardware generation attempting to solve the body feedback problem will likely use full bodysuits with haptic responses aligned to the VR experience. Imagine the same touch and motion-based actions we’re used to on mobile phones, only happening in the air with our hands while we’re in VR. Startups will bring platforms to market that will let content creators add a scent layer to their work that a hardware peripheral will release at key moments.

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Who Will Own the Metaverse?

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It’s been called the AR Cloud by many, the Magicverse by Magic Leap, the Mirrorworld by Wired, the Cyberverse by Huawei, Planet-scale AR by Niantic and Spatial Computing by academics. The incumbents like Facebook, Google, Apple, Microsoft or Snap already own global social graphs, but perhaps looking to unseat them could be the multiplayer gaming behemoths like Sony, Activision Blizzard or EA, or 3D-specific ideas like Aura’s “avatar as a service”.

Shaping the Digital World with Our Hands, with Clay AIR’s Varag Gharibjanian

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Varag: Yes, so Clay's-- we're hardware agnostic. So we feel -- like you said -- this is software that really needs to be optimized for the hardware that it's working on. What that means that from a software architecture standpoint and a hardware standpoint, we try to make our software as optimized as possible for their reference designs. Varag: Especially because every maker has got to print hardware make-up, in a sense. Varag: Yes, so Clay's-- we're hardware agnostic.

OSVR - a Look Ahead


Acer, NVIDIA, Valve, Ubisoft, Leap Motion and many others joined the ecosystem. The OSVR goggle – called the Hacker Development Kit – has seen several major hardware improvements. We see goggles, motion trackers, haptics, eye trackers, motion chairs and body suits. VR arcades, for instance, might use custom hardware or professional tracking systems. I expect to see the full gamut of hardware platforms and a wide variety of cost and packaging options.