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.” Image courtesy Leap Motion.

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 VP: ‘AR And VR Will Have To Make Do With Sound And Vision For The Foreseeable Future’

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We’ve seen some incredible things emerging from Leap Motion since the company hired visionary filmmaker Keiichi Matsuda last year as a vice president leading a new London research studio. So how does Leap Motion’s technology fit into the AR/VR market?

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 Raises $50 Million For Its Finger Tracking Technology

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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. Morgan Asset Management’s Private Equity Group, Lawrence Unrein, is joining Leap’s board of directors.

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.

‘ARMA’ Developer Spin-Off Using Rift And Leap Motion For Military Sim Setups

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Leap Motion secures $50M to continue its work in VR/AR hand-tracking tech

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Leap Motion, Inc., the leading creator of motion tracking technology for natural input in virtual and augmented reality, today announced $50 million in Series C funding led by clients advised by J.P.

Exclusive: Scaffolding in VR – Interaction Design for Easy & Intuitive Building

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Barrett is the Lead VR Interactive Engineer for Leap Motion. Martin is Lead Virtual Reality Designer and Evangelist for Leap Motion. Barrett and Martin are part of the elite Leap Motion team presenting substantive work in VR/AR UX in innovative and engaging ways.

Punch into Hyperspace with VR Cockpit: Leap Motion’s Latest Experimental Project

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The demo puts you in control using a combination of Leap Motion interaction and a fully integrated Hands On Throttle and Stick (HOTAS) control system. visual and audio feedback mechanisms for motion control interfaces. Why a space simulator? Leap Motion + HOTAS Gamepad.

Made-For-VR ‘FlyInside’ Is What VR Flight Simulation Needs

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After almost two years of development, FlyInside Flight Simulator has launched in Early Access on Steam. FlyInside originally began in 2015 as a Kickstarter for a mod for Flight Simulator X (FSX). Simulators early access flight sim flyinside steam

5 Experiments from Leap Motion’s Internal Hackathon (Including the Augmented Reality Workspace)

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Recently, Leap Motion kicked off one of our internal hackathons, where small teams pitch and develop quick demos over the course of two days. The simply titled Swipey Joe McDesktop took the top prize for utility – winning the Throne of Leaps (seen below alongside the Leap Motion Crown).

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

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At Leap Motion, we believe that the next wave of technological interfaces will rely on the original human operating system: your hands. LA Hack Finalists Armateur: Robotic Arm + Leap Motion + Bluetooth. Getting Started with Leap Motion.

‘FlyInside Flight Simulator’ Preview – A Promising Start in VR-native Flying

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FlyInside FSX , the crowdfunded VR plugin for Microsoft Flight Simulator X (2006) , was built well before first-party VR motion controllers existed, developed back in the DK2-era of 2015 as an ad hoc way of jumping into an already highly-detailed flight sim.

This Tech Lets You Move Virtual Objects Like A Jedi

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Dynamically mapping rich features of input gestures to properties of physics-based simulation made the interface controllable in most cases. To test the feature, the team used an Oculus Rift CV1 for display and a Leap Motion was applied for hand tracking.

Exclusive: Summoning & Superpowers – Designing VR Interactions at a Distance

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As part of its interactive design sprints, Leap Motion , creators of the hand-tracking peripheral of the same name, prototyped three ways of effectively interacting with distant objects in VR. Barrett is the Lead VR Interactive Engineer for Leap Motion.

CES 2019: Contact CI Simulates Actual Touch With Motorized Tendons

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What sets the Contact CI glove apart from other gloves that might just track your fingers or even HaptX which provides a bit of haptic feedback in your hand, is that Contact CI is able to accurately simulate tension. For the actual hand and finger tracking they were using a Leap Motion sensor which is neat, but not very accurate. Last year at CES 2018 one of my favorite demos was when I met with Craig Douglas from Contact CI and tried out his haptic glove dubbed the Maestro.

Volkswagen Launches Custom VR Exhibit At Historic Brand Tower

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We’ve seen the company use the technology before on everything from collaborative group meetings between team members to a simulator that lets you drive an Audi in a sandbox track. News Automotive HTC Vive Leap Motion T-Roc Virtual Reality Experience Volkswagen Volkswagen Group

Mastering Reality with Project North Star

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At Leap Motion, we’re always looking to advance our interactions in ways that push our hardware and software. With its best-in-class field-of-view, refresh rate, and resolution, the North Star headset has proven to be an exceptional platform for representing high-speed motions with small objects. Click To Tweet With this demo, we have the magic of Leap Motion hand tracking combined with a handheld paddle controller.

Bending Reality: North Star’s Calibration System

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1] Raytracing makes it possible to simulate where a given ray of light entering the eye came from on the display, so we can precisely map the distortion between the eye and the screen. [2]. The post Bending Reality: North Star’s Calibration System appeared first on Leap Motion Blog.

VR Flight Simulator Lets You Explore the World and the Web

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This week, Daniel Church achieved lift-off with a successful Kickstarter campaign for his virtual reality flight simulator. FlyInside FSX is a plugin for Microsoft Flight Simulator and Prepar3D that brings you inside a completely realistic airplane flight deck.

The VRScout Report – The Week in VR Review

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San Francisco-based Leap Motion has raised a $50M Series C for their hand- and finger-tracking technology. The round was led by JP Morgan Asset management, and this fresh influx of cash brings Leap Motion’s total funding to almost $95M.

Mirrorworlds

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Click To Tweet The cultural expectations for the technology, popularised by Hollywood, present our future as cities filled with holographic signage and characters, escapist VR sex-pods, or specially equipped ‘holodeck’ rooms that are used for entertainment or simulation. Virtual reality.

New VR Glove Uses Muscle-Like Chambers To Simulate Touch

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In theory, the gloves could paired with other technologies like a Leap Motion sensor to simulate a wide range of activities. A full-body suit would need to be able to differentiate between pressure, impact, or muscle simulations on different areas of your body, which would also need to be fine-tuned from a software perspective.

What Makes a Spoon a Spoon? Form and Function in VR Industrial Design

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Martin Schubert is a VR Developer/Designer at Leap Motion and the creator of Weightless and Geometric. All this and we’d still have a rather clunky spoon, capable of crudely pushing around other rigid objects within the physics simulation.

Job Simulator Co-Creator Alex Schwartz On Making Hit VR Games Look Easy

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His company’s debut game, Job Simulator , is one of the big hits among VR games. Owlchemy followed that with Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality, and now it is working on Vacation Simulator. Above: Alex Schwartz is CEO of Owlchemy, creator of the Job Simulator VR game. Above: Job Simulator is a launch title on the HTC Vive. GamesBeat: How is Vacation Simulator coming along? It’s not just Job Simulator on a beach.

Beyond Flatland: User Interface Design for VR

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At Leap Motion, we’ve been experimenting internally with a range of different interfaces that are part of the user. The post Beyond Flatland: User Interface Design for VR appeared first on Leap Motion Blog.

Bohemia’s ‘Virtual Battlespace 3’ Military Sim Adds Rift CV1 and Vive Support

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VR was utilized in military simulations long before it became a cheaper, consumer-level technology, but now that headsets are in homes, one well-known simulator is going to use them. Experiences gaming Bohemia Interactive Simulations military simulation Virtual Battlespace 3

11 Mind-Bending Puzzle Games

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Cube Simulator. I honestly never heard of the Leap Motion Controller until someone posted on Facebook about the 3D Jam. Leap in the Clouds. Leap into the Hole. The post 11 Mind-Bending Puzzle Games appeared first on Leap Motion Blog.

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.

Scaffolding in VR: Interaction Design for Stacking and Assembly

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How could we place, stack, and assemble virtual objects quickly and accurately while preserving the nuance and richness of full physics simulation? Check out our results below or download the example demo from the Leap Motion Gallery.

Summoning and Superpowers: Designing VR Interactions at a Distance

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One of the core design philosophies at Leap Motion is that the most intuitive and natural interactions are direct and physical. This single motion action to select and summon was more efficient than two discrete motions, though they offered more control.

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

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Please try a new text input interface using Leap Motion!” Leap Commander. Leap Commander makes it possible to build a database of hand signs and add snapshots to help your custom commander make better choices. “In Leap Opticals.

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

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Take the leap! His project Let’s Go Fly a Kite is a physics simulation of kite-flying with some interesting twists and turns. “In The kite model also simulates a flexible air-frame to provide stable and relaxing flight while allowing for exciting maneuvers when you tug on those lines.

Take a Meditative VR Journey + 16 More VR Demos

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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!”. Leap Fighter. Strap on your Oculus and beat down a virtual Mexican wrestler with Leap Fighter. “It

11 New #3DJam Demos: Droids and Discovery

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With an interactive simulation of a chemistry lab, you can try burning, exploding, irradiating, polymerizing, and more. 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. LEAPing into Accessibility.

So Meta: Spiraling Beyond the Point-and-Click with Tran;section

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First, the Leap Motion Controller can provide intuitive hand interactions, but not necessarily intuitive player movement controls. Second, the 3D environment motion flows in immersive VR often cause “simulator sickness” and negative game experience.

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Ergonomics in VR Design

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Restrict Motions to Interaction. Simulator sickness is caused by a conflict between different sensory inputs, i.e. the inner ear, visual field, and bodily position. On the other hand, being able to control movement reduces the experience of motion sickness.

12 Explosive Sci-Fi Games

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C0NFL1CT features a natural movement locomotion system that did not induce motion sickness and lets the player move in any direction, while requiring only 4 square meters of free space and the Oculus Rift DK2 headset.”. The post 12 Explosive Sci-Fi Games appeared first on Leap Motion Blog.

Simple, Elegant, Fun: Hauhet + Paper Plane by VRARlab

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With Paper Plane , we studied the basic features of Leap Motion using fairly simple mechanics. That’s the feeling we wanted to simulate. What was it like incorporating Leap Motion into your Unity workflow?

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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. Simulations and situational therapy. VR can also help people recover from trauma by creating safe simulated spaces. Here’s what we’ve learned building menus for Leap Motion.

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6 Hidden Gems from our Dev Gallery

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TOUCH with WebGL & Leap Motion. In a meditative experience WebGL, ThreeJS, and a post-processing tool are used to simulate the physical effects of interacting with falling sand. The post 6 Hidden Gems from our Dev Gallery appeared first on Leap Motion Blog. Augmented & Virtual Reality Gaming JavaScript Leap Motion UnityWith such a strong global community, we see a stream of creators building and sharing new content all the time.

5 Experiments on the Bleeding Edge of VR Locomotion

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Generally, the best VR applications that use Leap Motion for navigation aren’t centered around users “walking” around in a non-physical way, but transitioning between different states. Moving on rails doesn’t work for open-world exploration, and overusing it in VR can cause simulation sickness. Users also run the risk of extending their hands beyond optimal tracking range, or causing false positive motions.