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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

Soccer Balls and Galaxies: David Holz on the Future of VR, Inputs, and Sensors

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Last week at Vision Summit , Leap Motion CTO David Holz talked about the rapidly emerging future of VR technologies and what it means for human experience. There’s also a solid discussion around the video here on r/oculus.

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Storytelling in the 4th Dimension: What’s the Future of VR Cinema?

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This is one of the inspirations behind Oculus Story Studios’ Henry , where the character is brought to life so that it feels like he’s in the room with you. appeared first on Leap Motion Blog. Art & Design Augmented & Virtual Reality Leap Motion Team cinema film

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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.

Weightless Remastered: Building with the Interaction Engine

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Following up on last week’s release of the Leap Motion Interaction Engine , I’m excited to share Weightless: Remastered , a major update to my project that won second place in the first-ever 3D Jam. You can now actually grab the floating Oculus DK2 and try to put it on!

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!

Designing VR Tools: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

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At a recent Designers + Geeks talk , Jody Medich and Daniel Plemmons talked about some of the discoveries our team has made (and the VR best practices we’ve developed) while building VR experiences with the Oculus Rift and the Leap Motion Controller. The next giant leap in technology involves devices and interfaces that can “speak human,” with 3D operating systems that let us unlock our brainpower. VR is a double-edged sword.

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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.

4 Ways to Unleash the Power of Sound in VR

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In this post, we take a look at 4 ways that sound, VR, and motion controls can be a powerful combination. With headsets like the Oculus Rift, the user’s eye lenses will remain focused at infinity. From button clicks using the Leap Motion Unity Widgets , to the humming Plasma Ball , sound has the power to make users feel more confident interacting with particular objects in the scene.

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

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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.

Cast Spells, Summon Meteors, and Unleash Your Inner Warlock

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Warlock VR first emerged on the Oculus forums , where it was dubbed “Mage Battle VR.” The post Cast Spells, Summon Meteors, and Unleash Your Inner Warlock appeared first on Leap Motion Blog.

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.

Why VR Will Transform How We Learn About the World and Ourselves

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You can download the Windows demo free for the Oculus Rift: frooxius.itch.io/world-of-comenius. You essentially have two opposing forces: the need to go around the environment and explore, and your stomach pushing its contents upwards the moment you see a motion but don’t feel it.

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.

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.

Featured Platform: Getnamo’s Community Plugin for Unreal Engine 4

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One of the most powerful things about the Leap Motion platform is its ability to tie into just about any creative platform. Oculus Rift VR/AR support is easily accessible, as the plugin handles all the necessary transforms.

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.

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!

6 Hidden Gems from our Dev Gallery

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Requires: Mac or Windows, Oculus Rift. Requires: Windows, Oculus Rift. Requires: Mac or Windows, Oculus Rift. TOUCH with WebGL & Leap Motion. Requires: Windows, Oculus Rift. The post 6 Hidden Gems from our Dev Gallery appeared first on Leap Motion Blog. Augmented & Virtual Reality Gaming JavaScript Leap Motion Unity

Twist the Gears of a Massive VR Music Engine with Carillon

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Using technology like the Leap Motion Controller allows us to use our hands to directly engage virtual instruments, from the plucking of a virtual string to the casting of a sonic fireball. Testing with the Oculus Rift and the Leap Motion Controller within Unreal has been pretty fun.

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.

Can VR Change How Your Brain Works?

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We are also still planning on releasing a game for home use when the Oculus Rift CV1 comes out. appeared first on Leap Motion Blog. Augmented & Virtual Reality Gaming Leap Motion Team Medical lazy eye vivid vision

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Take an Infrared #Selfie, Sculpt Pottery in VR, and 15 More Art/Music Experiences

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Requires: Windows, Oculus Rift. A new motion capture and animation plugin for Autodesk MotionBuilder 2016, Hand Capture lets you “capture hand and finger movement in real time directly inside MotionBuilder.” ” Requires: Windows, Oculus Rift. Jamming with Leap.

PowerClaw is a Haptic Glove Ready To Freeze, Burn, and Shock You (Virtually)

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Putting on the glove and seating the individual haptic units onto the tips of my fingers correctly, I was put through a virtual torture chamber of iceguns, flame throwers, needle machines, and electric shocks to demonstrate the haptic power of the glove while using the Oculus Rift DK2.

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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

6 Pinchy Projects: Sword Art Online, Planetary Genesis, 3D Art and More

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Recently updated for Oculus 1.3, The post 6 Pinchy Projects: Sword Art Online, Planetary Genesis, 3D Art and More appeared first on Leap Motion Blog. Augmented & Virtual Reality Gaming Leap Motion Team Orion Unity graffiti 3d pinch