Leap Motion Grabs $50M Investment for Class-leading Hand-tracking Tech

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Leap Motion, a veteran player in the virtual reality sector (having been founded two years ahead of Oculus), has announced the closure of a Series C investment round totaling $50 million.

VRgineers to Integrate Leap Motion Hand-tracking into its Wide FOV VRHero Headset

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Enterprise VR headset manufacturer VRgineers and Leap Motion , the company behind its eponymous optical hand tracker, announced they’re working together to embed Leap Motion’s tech into professional-grade VR headsets.

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.

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.

We Tried Leap Motion’s New Hand Tracking Module On Gear VR

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Leap Motion is a young technology company that is perhaps best known at this point for what it sells at your local Best Buy. virtual reality peripheral that can be mounted onto an Oculus Rift headset. The presence of a Gear VR in the demo room is significant for Leap Motion.

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

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HTC and Valve do this with their Vive controllers that are super low latency and extremely accurate and Oculus does this with their touch controllers and their extremely natural ergonomics. The real improvements are increased performance, power savings and support for Leap Motion.

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. A great job by Leap Motion engineers!

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.

Building Blocks: A Deep Dive Into Leap Motion Interactive Design

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Leap Motion Orion tracking was designed with simple physical interactions in mind, starting with pinch and grab. The post Building Blocks: A Deep Dive Into Leap Motion Interactive Design appeared first on Leap Motion Blog.

Leap Motion VR Support Now Directly Integrated in Unreal Engine

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Now officially integrated in Unreal Engine 4.11 , getnamo’s independent plugin for Leap Motion makes it faster and easier than ever to integrate Leap Motion Orion into your VR projects! Bringing hands into virtual reality just got a major upgrade.

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. 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.

Researchers Develop VR Haptic Feedback System Using Custom Quadcopters

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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. News haptic feedback Leap Motion Motive OptiTrack Oculus Rift VRHapticDrones

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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.

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. Leap Motion.

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 post Holovis Uses Giant Robot Arms for Intense VR Motion Simulated Experiences appeared first on Road to VR.

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. Outcome aside, working with the Oculus Rift is, you know, working with the Oculus Rift , so the experience was a ton of fun. Leap Garden.

Japan Joins Project North Star

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Masahiro Yamaguchi (CEO, Psychic VR Lab), God Scorpion (Media artist, Psychic VR Lab), Keiichi Matsuda (VP Design, Leap Motion), Oda Yuda (Designer), Akihiro Fujii (CTO, Psychic VR Lab). Alex Colgan (Leap Motion): What inspired you to build a North Star headset?

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Analyzing Oculus Santa Cruz patent images

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Yesterday I was reading the comments on Reddit regarding my post with the predictions for Oculus Connect 5 and the kind redditor /u/SilverWhite2 provided me the link to the latest available patent with the design of Santa Cruz. Front view (Image by Oculus). Rear view (Image by Oculus).

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Oculus Rift Consumer Edition FAQ

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With the recent release of the Oculus Rift CV1 and 1.3 SDK, you’ll also want to check out Oculus’ migration guide. 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.

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.

Designing Cat Explorer

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That application became Cat Explorer , which you can download now for Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. In the physical world, we rely on tangible things to dissipate tremors and inaccuracies, offer mechanical constraints that restrict erratic motion, provide high fidelity feedback at the points of contact, and serve as a rest, allowing some of the arm muscles to relax while staying productive over longer periods of time. This is the core of our mission at Leap Motion.

Hacking the (Old) VR Developer Mount for the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive

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If you want to adapt your older kit to the Oculus Rift CV1 and HTC Vive, here’s a quick guide that will help: Thicker Adhesive Strips. If you have an Oculus Rift, you’ll want to get a longer extender as well.

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.

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

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Multiplayer VR and Cinematic Wizardry

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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. The post Multiplayer VR and Cinematic Wizardry appeared first on Leap Motion Blog. Augmented & Virtual Reality Gaming Leap Motion Unity multiplayer oculus rift

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.

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The Art of Storytelling and Narrative in VR

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Leap Motion’s Blocks , Weightless , and VR Cockpit all incorporate their tutorials into the narrative itself. Many developers are also using Oculus Medium to rapidly prototype scenes before committing to more robust scene designs.

VR Design Guide

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In the context of motion controls, good affordance is critical, since it is necessary that users interact with objects in the expected manner. With 2D Leap Motion applications, this means adapting traditional UX design principles that condensed around the mouse and keyboard.

Redesigning Our Unity Core Assets: New Workflow and Architecture for Orion

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Leap Motion’s new Orion software represents a radical shift in our controller’s ability to see your hands. We started with a brand new LeapC client architecture for streamlined data throughput from the Leap service into Unity.

The Goggles… They Do Something!

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While the Leap Motion Controller can track more than 2 feet away, the “sweet spot” for tracking is roughly 1 foot from the device. However, with headsets like the Oculus Rift, the user’s eye lenses remain focused at infinity. Leap Motion VR Design Best Practices.

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Welcome to the World’s First VR Dance Competition!

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All you need to enter is a VR headset, Leap Motion Controller, and AltspaceVR user account. For the final round, we’re excited to announce our judges: David Holz , CTO of Leap Motion. appeared first on Leap Motion Blog. Get ready to raise the roof!

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3 Robots About to Break Into Your Everyday Reality

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At Leap Motion, we’ve seen our fair share of impressive motion-controlled robots that will one day bring about the robocalypse. (We’re The Oculus Rift’s accelerometer is read with a custom C++ app (with plans to rewrite this into the Python app instead). Happy Halloween!

Kolor’s VR Movies Let You Paraglide with Batman (Seriously)

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These are just some of the videos that you can dive into with Kolor’s 360° video player Kolor Eyes, now featured on the Leap Motion Developer Gallery. Better yet, download the HD videos for Kolor Eyes, which includes VR support for the Oculus Rift.

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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.

Space and Perspective in VR

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Click To Tweet To bring Leap Motion tracking into a VR experience, you’ll need a virtual controller within the scene attached to your VR headset. For the Oculus Rift, this offset is 80mm, while on the HTC Vive it’s closer to 90mm.

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

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VR Interface Design and the Future of Hybrid Reality

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This week, motion designer Mike Alger released an 18-minute video that digs into the cutting edge of VR interface design using the Leap Motion Controller and Oculus Rift. The post VR Interface Design and the Future of Hybrid Reality appeared first on Leap Motion Blog.

Could VR Transform the World of 3D Animation?

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The department had done quite a bit of animation interface design with Leap Motion and and 2D screens, so he said maybe I could do the same, but this time with the Oculus Rift.”. When I was calibrating the Oculus Rift for each user, they always looked at their hands.

Take a Meditative VR Journey + 16 More VR Demos

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Requires: Windows, Oculus Rift. Requires: Windows, Oculus Rift. At expos like VRLA, I got to see what a powerful pairing the Leap Motion Controller and Oculus are and believe there is still so much left to explore!”. Requires: Windows, Oculus Rift.

VR Bungee Jumping, Samurai Swords, and 16 More New Demos

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11 New #3DJam Demos: Droids and Discovery

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Requires: Windows, Oculus Rift. Designed by a team of students at Game-U ( @gameu_nj ), Nerves is an intense visit to the operating room for a motion-control surgeon. Requires: Mac, Oculus Rift. They form part of the unofficial Leap Motion Jp developers group.

Dodge, Dip, Dive, Duck… and Destroy! with Corridor 17: An Endless VR Runner

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Players can pilot the ship with their head using the Oculus Rift DK2, while freeing up his or her hands to control the weapon system. It’s available free for Windows on the Leap Motion App Store. Any plans to continue developing with Leap Motion, Unity, and Oculus in 2015?

Escape Virtual Reality with Telekinetic Powers

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Locomotion is one of the biggest challenges in VR development, with solutions ranging from omni-directional treadmills and Blink , to Superman-like flight in Leap Motion demos like Weightless. The post Escape Virtual Reality with Telekinetic Powers appeared first on Leap Motion Blog.