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’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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From Orion to Mobile VR: Leap Motion in 2016


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.

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


Along with last week’s Unreal 4.11 Here’s a quick guide to everything from Lighthouse tracking to Unreal development. Leap Motion adds a whole new level of expression to your virtual avatar – so you can point, wave, or dance. How can I build with Unreal Engine? 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.

Reach into the Digital World: Getting Started with Leap Motion @ HackingEDU


At Leap Motion, we believe that the next wave of technological interfaces will rely on the original human operating system: your hands. With HackingEDU just around the corner, Leap Motion is sponsoring the world’s largest education hackathon with over 100 Leap Motion Controllers for attendees to use. LA Hack Finalists Armateur: Robotic Arm + Leap Motion + Bluetooth. Getting Started with Leap Motion.

Reliving Memories With The Looking Glass Pro 3D Holographic Workstation


Powered by a built-in NUC 8 VR NUC8i7HVK computer, the Pro allows users to upload 3D content onto the hardware directly and select what they wish to view via a fold-out 7-inch touchscreen display. This USB-C input can also be used to connect a variety of compatible controllers, including the Leap Motion tracker, Intel’s Realsense, even a Nintendo Joy-Con. The Looking Glass 3D display is now available as a touch screen standalone device.

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


Please try a new text input interface using Leap Motion!” 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.

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Oculus Rift Consumer Edition FAQ


How about Unreal Engine? Unreal Engine 4.11 doesn’t currently have Oculus 1.3 Once it arrives, the new official Leap Motion UE4 plugin should work with it right away. Do Leap Motion demos work with the 1.3 On the DK2, the Leap Motion Controller covered three LEDs in the center of the faceplate, and it didn’t affect Constellation tracking in the slightest. The post Oculus Rift Consumer Edition FAQ appeared first on Leap Motion Blog.

The Essential 3D Jam Development Guide


A quick note: VR/AR is a rapidly emerging ecosystem, and many of the engine tools and features that we use to build our Unity and Unreal assets are constantly shifting. Unreal. Whatever platform you’re building on, it’s important to know that designing for motion control involves a whole new way of thinking about interactions. Here are some key resources that will help you build compelling experiences that feel natural: Introduction to Motion Control. Unreal.

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Welcome to the 2015 3D Jam!


The AR/VR track covers experiences built on tethered HMDs like the Oculus Rift, while the Open track covers desktop, hardware hacks, and the Internet of Things. If you haven’t already, we encourage competitors to register and get their hardware as early as possible. Everyone who registers gets a special discount code for our web store, and teams with complete submissions get refunds for the cost of their hardware. Right now, the plugin includes full support for Unreal 4.9.1

Triton Project is an affordable DIY AR headset

The Ghost Howls

Triton works with Leap Motion (now Ultra Leap) hands tracking. Originally I was going to make a standalone device which hooked everything up to a Nvidia Jetson Nano that could be worn on your belt (think Magic Leap One).

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Open Source Augmented Reality?


Examples of such peripherals could be head trackers, hand and finger sensors (like Leap Motion and SoftKinetic), gesture control devices (such as the Myo armband and the Nod ring), cameras, eye trackers and many others. Provide optimized connectors to popular engines such as Unity and Unreal. Support of multiple operating systems and hardware platforms. You are not strongly dependent on one particular piece of hardware.

New 4K ‘Spatial Reality Display’ From Sony Has Glasses-Free 3D

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A “powerful” Windows PC running either Unity or Unreal Engine is required to actually create the 3D content; Mac support is expected in the future.

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Sensics Releases High Resolution VR Headset Built Specially for Arcades and Theme Parks

Road to VR

Arcade and park owners can also opt to include embedded hand/finger trackers like Leap Motion, which sits flush inside the unit behind a window that’s transparent to IR. Aftermarket solutions like OptiTrack’s IR-reflective positional tracking system, which uses traditional motion capture tech, would be a likely candidate for large-scale, out-of-home facilities looking to use Sensics system however. IR motion capture for VR, image courtesy OptiTrack.

All you need to know on HoloLens 2

The Ghost Howls

This new HoloLens has for sure made a huge leap forward for what concerns comfort. The new HoloLens features: Eye tracking Full hands tracking (a la Leap Motion) Voice commands understanding. All this study of the UX using the hands reminded me a lot of Leap Motion’s work, exactly as the fact that Microsoft plans to create a sense of phantom touch of the hands by the use of visual cues and sound cues that pop when you touch virtual objects with your hands.

OSVR Roadmap: Creating an Ecosystem of Interoperable VR Hardware and Software


Since the OSVR launch in January this year, nearly 250 organizations including Intel, NVIDIA, Xilinx, Ubisoft, Leap Motion, and many others have joined the OSVR ecosystem. Concurrent with the expansion of the OSVR community, the capabilities of the software platform have grown by leaps and bounds. In the above example, these devices would be products from Leap Motion, NOD, YEI and Softkinetic. and numerous hardware devices.

HTC Vive Cosmos Supports Optical Finger Tracking


The SDK is available as a free plugin for Unity or Unreal Engine. Reports of the quality of finger tracking on the previous Vive hardware are not great, but Cosmos uses new cameras, and HTC may have made improvements to the algorithm. I’ve spent a lot of time in platforms like AltSpaceVR- Leap Motion is by far my preferred method of input.

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


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. Jason Rubin: ‘Oculus Is Winning In Every Hardware Category It Has Entered’. Magic Leap One Getting Unreal Engine 4 Support. Live-Tweeting a Magic Leap Talk. Oculus Introduces Hardware Reports For Data-Driven Decision-Making.

Review OSVR HDK2

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They clearly stated that the HDK is designed for developers and semi-professionals who like to hack hardware and software. The other side of the belt clip is connected to the headset itself, there is an extra USB port on the belt clip, this is probably for devices such as a Leap Motion. Hardware. Time to discuss the hardware. To connect all the hardware, you need at least two USB 2.0 hardware 8/10.

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OSVR Co-founder on the Future of Open Source Virtual Reality

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Acer, NVIDIA, Valve, Ubisoft, Leap Motion and many others joined the ecosystem. The OSVR headset—called the Hacker Development Kit—has seen several major hardware improvements. We see headsets, motion trackers, haptics, eye trackers, motion chairs, and body suits. VR arcades, for instance, might use custom hardware or professional tracking systems. Many game engines—such as Unity, Unreal, and SteamVR—immediately support it.

Who Will Own the Metaverse?

AR Insider

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. In another scenario, we may see game engines dominant, like Unity or Unreal. ARtillery Intelligence predicts $14B of consumer AR revenues by 2021, with only around $2B of that from hardware sales. Companies like Niantic, Magic Leap and Snap are looking to unseat them, and startups like 6D.ai

What every VR game engine needs


In contrast, there is a much greater variety of VR devices: HMDs, motion and position trackers, hand and finger sensors, eye trackers, body suits, locomotion devices, force feedback devices, augmented reality cameras and more. Furthermore, each class of devices does not offer a common interface: working with a Leap Motion sensor is different than a Softkinetic one or an Intel Realsense one, even though the capabilities that they provide are similar.

All you need to know on Oculus Connect 6: the most important news in one single article!

The Ghost Howls

This week has been the week of the Oculus Connect 6 , the biggest yearly event by Oculus where the VR company announces all its most important news, both on hardware and software sides. It is much better than ALVR and other similar solutions (of course, because Oculus can operate at a deeper level on its hardware and runtime). It is possible to create mixed reality videos on the fly, without the need of dedicated hardware or green screens, just a tablet.

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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. Many game engines – such as Unity, Unreal and SteamVR- immediately support it.