Ultrahaptics Acquires Leap Motion for a Reported $30M

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Leap Motion, the pioneer in optical hand-tracking, has been acquired by Ultrahaptics, the enterprise-focused immersive haptics company. According to the Wall Street Journal , Ultrahaptics reportedly acquired Leap Motion for approximately $30 million. The company maintains in a company blog post that the acquisition won’t affect support for the Leap Motion community, and that “new and exciting products” are coming down the bend.

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. Led by JP Morgan Asset management, Leap Motion’s Series C investment brings the company’s total public capital raise to just over $94 million, according to Crunchbase.

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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 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.

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. The company is currently working with Leap Motion to bring the next generation of its professional VR headsets to market later this year with integrated Leap Motion technology.

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. However, an $80 peripheral is not what the Leap team has in mind for the future. During an in-person demonstration at UploadVR’s San Francisco office, the Leap team explained that their new module is compiled using simple, “off the shelf” components.

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.

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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At Facebook Connect this week , Facebook has: Released the powerful Oculus Quest 2 , powered by Snapdragon XR2, and with a 4K display. You can finally buy the Leap Motion v2 accessory. The time for us XR developers to buy a Leap Motion 2 has finally come.

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.

Hand Tracking Wristband Brings More Detailed Hand Movements To VR & AR

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Because FingerTrak uses thermal images to track your hand movements, the system is capable of more precise hand tracking when compared to options such as the Leap Motion Controller or the Oculus Quests.

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. But now the Leap Motion controller has found new life as a virtual reality hand tracker. Currently no consumer VR headset has a built in hand tracking system using Leap Motion.

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. Alex Colgan holding the Leap v1 (on the left) and v2 (on the right).

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.

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. Oculus Story Studio’s Henry and Lost begin with dark, quiet scenes that draw your attention – to an adorable hedgehog or whimsical firefly – setting the mood and narrative expectations. 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! This popular community plugin is now the official plugin and brings new features like rigged character hands, Image Hands, passthrough, and built-in support for the Oculus Rift. Bringing hands into virtual reality just got a major upgrade.

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. 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. If you’re sensitive to motion sickness, the added latency may cause you to feel uncomfortable. Setup your Google Cardboard with Leap Motion Controller. Install the Leap Motion Orion software.

Bending Music and Spacetime with Leap Motion + VR

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Now featuring full head-mounted support for the Oculus Rift DK1 and DK2, Collider brings together raw infrared imagery with full 3D immersion – and it’s available free on the Leap Motion App Store. Post a review on the Leap Motion App Store or write a comment below!

Pimax Showing Production Headsets, Controllers, and More at CES

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Additionally they’re showing two of the modules that will extend the functionality of the headsets: controller-less hand-tracking from Leap Motion, and eye-tracking from 7invensun. The Leap Motion module, which attaches to the underside of the headset, can be seen here. CES 2019 Leap Motion News Pimax pimax 5k pimax 5k plus pimax 7invensun pimax 8k pimax ces 2019 pimax eye-tracking pimax hand tracking pimax leap motion

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! Take a spooky ride through a haunted forest in this low-poly adventure for Windows on the Oculus Rift. Soundscape VR is available for Mac and Windows on the Oculus Rift.

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!

Researchers Develop VR Haptic Feedback System Using Custom Quadcopters

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Utilizing the Motive OptiTrack motion capturing system combined with 12 Flex 3 cameras covering a total space of 4m x 4m x 3m, VRHapticDrones is able to track the HMD, multiple quadcopters, as well as a users defined body parts and stream 100 Hz samples to the VRHapticDrones backend with millimeter accuracy. 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.

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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. On the Oculus Rift, the distance between the controller and your eyes is about 8 cm. Have a question about Leap Motion + HTC Vive?

This Tech Lets You Move Virtual Objects Like A Jedi

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To test the feature, the team used an Oculus Rift CV1 for display and a Leap Motion was applied for hand tracking. News Jedi Force Push Leap Motion Oculus Rift Virginia TechThese are definitely the VR powers you’re looking for…. It was only a matter of time.

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 real-time VR world needs to synchronise perfectly with the motion and gesture interactivity, so we’ve developed specialist software to achieve this. The graphics, story integration to the motion profile and the gesture interactivity were all created in-house for their proprietary Interact system.

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. At Leap Motion, we spend a lot of time experimenting with new ways of interacting with technology, and we often run into the same problem. Leap Motion. The project used the public Leap Motion SDK with standard tracking to receive hand tracking and video passthrough data.

Inside Leap Motion: 5 Hands-On Tips for Developing in VR

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As we developed demos and prototypes with the Oculus Rift internally, several UX insights sprung forth. For instance, with the Oculus Rift, cords make it difficult to design a game where you turn 360 degrees.

Ultraleap’s New ‘Gemini’ Software Overhaul Drastically Improves Two-handed Interactions

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Ultraleap, the company behind the Leap Motion hand-tracking controller , has released a Developer Preview of its hand-tracking engine Gemini. Antony Vitillo of XR publication Skarred Ghost went hands-on with Gemini using his first-generation Leap Motion tracker.

Inside the Leap Motion AXLR8R: 90 Seconds with Diplopia

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You can read more about James’ work in his guest post on designing Diplopia for the Oculus Rift, which he built using our Unity Demo Pack ( update: now deprecated ). Want to see more projects with the Oculus Rift and Leap Motion Controller? The Oculus Developer forums are a great place to explore how motion control and virtual reality can work together – from games to educational and therapeutic tools.

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. We all grew tired of talking about how we wanted to explore VR development, so we allocated several weeks to tinkering with the Oculus Rift and Leap Motion — staffing one full-time developer and a few designers part-time. We got things started by downloading the most popular Oculus Rift / Leap Motion demos and giving them a try.

#BuildYourNorthStar Workshop Brings AR to Life in 48 Hours

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In support of the event, our team donated Leap Motion Controllers. Our CTO David Holz and engineer/ AR tennis champion Jonathon Selstad joined the workshop, along with former Leap Motion engineer Adam Munich. He had experience building homebrew data gloves and mocap systems for years before discovering Leap Motion. Noah created what may be the first 3D-printable mount for the Leap Motion Controller on the Oculus DK1 in 2013.

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. Do Leap Motion demos work with the 1.3 Blocks , Geometric , Pinch Move , Lyra , and Pinch Draw have all been updated to Oculus SDK 1.3, Protip: the Oculus 1.3

Oculus Quest hands tracking review: an impressive first step towards natural UX

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Last week, Oculus rolled out the runtime v12 of the Oculus Quest , which took various features to the standalone headset, and among them, there is hands-tracking support. Oculus Quest hands tracking video review. Oculus Quest hands tracking textual review.

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

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During Oculus Connect 6 in San Jose, CA, Mark Zuckerberg unveiled that the Oculus Quest would allow for hand and finger tracking without the need of any hand controllers, and of course, I couldn’t wait to try it. To demonstrate how this technology works, Facebook offered a hands-on demo for attendees to try out using their VR game Elixir at the Oculus Connect 6 demo area. . We’ve come a long way since Oculus’ consumer product.

#3DJam: The Blind Leading the Blind… in VR!

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One of the great appeals of motion control is that it gives us an enormous feeling of power and control over our digital environment. In dualcyon , each player is equipped with a Leap Motion Controller and Oculus Rift, but there’s a twist: you can only see the interactions of the other player.

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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). You can also notice that the strap is made with rigid rubber, so not something made with elastic fabric like the Oculus Go. Top view (Image by Oculus). Header image by Oculus).

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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