Ultrahaptics Buys Finger Tracking Company Leap Motion

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Ultrahaptics announced a “strategic deal” with hand tracking company Leap Motion to combine their startups and technologies. The combination of the two means Ultrahaptics will have tracking and haptic technologies to provide a sense of touch in certain types of products. Ultrahaptics “projects ultrasound-drive tactile sensations onto users’ hands” while Leap Motion tracks the movements of the fingers.

Leap Motion Reveals Updated Project North Star AR Prototype Design

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Last year Leap Motion, makers of hand-tracking technology, revealed Project North Star , an open-source AR headset prototype design meant to be a test bed for the kind of specs and features that more compact AR headsets will hopefully one day provide. SEE ALSO Leap Motion 'Virtual Wearable' AR Prototype is a Potent Glimpse at the Future of Your Smartphone. An overview of Project North Star Release 3 mechanical improvements | Image courtesy Leap Motion.

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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 Teases ‘Augmented Office’ With Project North Star AR Dev Kit

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With Leap Motion’s Project North Star set to hit the streets in the coming months, the American-based hand-tracking depth sensor manufacturer has officially begun teasing the various ambitious design concepts made possible by the open source AR development kit. In a series of posts made to the official Leap Motion Twitter account , the company gave a behind-the-scenes sneak peek at a user interface referred to as the “augmented office.”

Leap Motion Looks To Combine AR & VR With ‘Mirrorworlds’

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Leap Motion dreams big with an ambitious new project that could open ‘alternative dimensions of reality, layered over the physical world.’. AMerican computer hardware manufacturer Leap Motion has released a series of concept videos teasing a technological future where augmented and virtual reality have collided to form a ‘parallel reality’ of sorts. The possible use-case scenarios for this kind of immersive technology is theoretically endless.

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.

Your Hands are Controllers in Leap Motion’s Interaction Engine

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Leap Motion just dropped a major upgrade—Interaction Engine 1.0—to Last year, digital-physical interaction pioneer Leap Motion released an early access beta of Interacton Engine. In providing developers a way to incorporate scanning technology into Unity, Leap Motion enabled a new breed of VR experience—one where participants used their own hands to interact with digital objects rather than controllers. Photos courtesy of Leap Motion.

Leap Motion Improves Its Hand Tracking (Again)

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Leap Motion continues to improve its hand tracking technology with the latest update today. Software updates issued over the last few years for Leap Motion’s hand-tracking sensors have steadily improved the hardware’s functionality. Mounted facing outward on a VR headset, Leap Motion’s $80 Controllers allow some developers to build VR software with complex interactions and without using hand-held controllers.

Ultrahaptics Relaunches as ‘Ultraleap’ After Leap Motion Acquisition

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Leap Motion, the optical hand-tracking firm, was acquired by Bristol, UK-based haptics company Ultrahaptics earlier this year. Before the acquisition of Leap Motion and the subsequent rebranding, Ultrahaptics was best known for its mid-air haptic technology which uses ultrasound to project tactile sensations onto users’ hands. Prior to its acquisition, Leap Motion created an open-source AR headset, Project North Star. 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. 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.

Report: Apple Nearly Acquired Leap Motion but the Deal Fell Through

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According to a report from Business Insider , earlier this year Apple was on the verge of acquiring Leap Motion, but the deal fell through days before it was expected to close. Founded in 2010, Leap Motion develops leading optical hand-tracking software. The company has raised $94 million over the course of its eight year history, according to Crunchbase , but hasn’t seen significant adoption of its technology. Image courtesy Leap Motion.

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 Reveals First Extended Demo Shot Through North Star Headset

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Back in April Leap Motion first revealed North Star , a prototype AR headset that’s designed to replicate the features of a future high-end AR headset, as a platform for experimentation. Leap Motion is best known for its markerless hand-tracking technology , but in the last few quarters the company has been increasingly showing of its design chops in both software and now hardware. Image courtesy Leap Motion.

Leap Motion ‘Virtual Wearable’ AR Prototype is a Potent Glimpse at the Future of Your Smartphone

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Leap Motion , a maker of hand-tracking software and hardware, has been experimenting with exactly that, and is teasing some very interesting results. Leap Motion has shown lots of cool stuff that can be done with their hand-tracking technology, but most of it is seen through the lens of VR. Now as Leap Motion’s VP of Design, he’s turning his ideas into (augmented) reality. AR Design Leap Motion News ar design ar interface leap motion

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.

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.

Leap Motion’s New 180-degree Hand-tracking Comes to Qualcomm’s Latest VRDK Headset

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Qualcomm has debuted an updated version of their VR Headset Reference Design now with Leap Motion’s new 180-degree hand-tracking to bring gesture control to mobile VR headsets. The new headset and Leap Motion tracking module was shown off during last week’s GDC 2017. And now, Qualcomm’s latest VRDK brings hand-tracking into the mix thanks to Leap Motion.

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. This device then uses infrared scanning technology to detect the position of your hands in 3D space. However, an $80 peripheral is not what the Leap team has in mind for the future. The presence of a Gear VR in the demo room is significant for 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.

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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What an exciting week for technology, with the Facebook Connect, PS5 price announcement, Apple event and the release of RTX30 graphics cards! You can finally buy the Leap Motion v2 accessory. The time for us XR developers to buy a Leap Motion 2 has finally come.

Leap Motion Jumps Into AR With Project North Star Headset/Platform

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Over the past five or so years Leap Motion has been pushing hand-tracking VR forward with its controller-free sensor. Many see hand-tracking as the ideal way to interact with content, and basic finger and gesture recognition can already be seen in AR kits like Microsoft’s HoloLens (though the upcoming Magic Leap One will use a remote-like controller). For starters, Leap Motion has built its own PC-based AR headset acting as a reference design.

Leap Motion Goes Mobile

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Technology is like a flash in the darkness – long nights building towards an instant when suddenly everything is different. That’s why I think all of us work in technology, and why we at Leap Motion are always very much living in the future. Today I’m going to be talking about the Leap Motion Mobile Platform. We needed to build a whole new Leap Motion sensor with higher performance and much lower power.

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

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Thankfully, the team at Leap Motion have been working tirelessly to deliver hand tracking and late last year launched their much more compact hand tracking solution specifically aimed at mobile form factors. Now that their technology has been miniaturized, it can be integrated into platforms. The real improvements are increased performance, power savings and support for Leap Motion.

Leap Motion Shares Amazing Demo of Augmented Reality Table Tennis with AI Opponent

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Hand tracking technology company Leap Motion has built a stunningly fluid augmented reality ping-pong game that not only showcases the capabilities of its open source Project North Star augmented reality headset, but also demonstrates how artificial intelligence can elevate immersive experiences. As seen in demo videos shared by Leap Motion, the physics in the game are highly realistic as the virtual ball bounces off the.

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. Most recently, a video emerged from the company showing how a desk can become interactive when paired with the company’s finger and hand tracking technology, as well as an AR headset design called North Star the company is open-sourcing. AR leap motion

Hands-on With Leap Motion Hand-Tracking In Qualcomm’s Standalone Headset

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Finally jumping the hurdle of VR input will eventually require a combination of many different technologies currently in their infancy. 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. Tagged with: hand tracking , leap motion , qualcomm , standalone.

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. Leap Motion has also been the first important company I have interviewed in this blog.

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.

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.

Qualcomm VR HMD gets Snapdragon 835, Leap Motion hand-tracking

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GDC and MWC are just around the corner, and Qualcomm is diving head-first into virtual reality with a new dev-kit and hand-tracking technology. Archive Features leap motion MWC MWC 2017 Qualcomm Snapdragon virtual reality vrThe chipmaker may be best known for its smartphone processors, but that same silicon is just as much at home in head-mounted displays. Indeed, the Snapdragon 835 is the centerpiece of Qualcomm‘s new Virtual Reality Development Kit.

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. Morgan Asset Management’s Private Equity Group, has joined Leap Motion’s board of directors. Virtual and augmented reality technologies are evolving at a rapid pace, drawing significant attention from investors,” said Larry Unrein, Global Head of J.P.

Vivid Vision: Curing Lazy Eye with VR + Leap Motion

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Founded by a former lifelong “lazy eye” sufferer, medical technology firm Vivid Vision has already deployed to hundreds of eye clinics, with startling results in two independent studies. A five-year journey to become a global medical technology provider. As an adult, James decided to try retraining his brain using a combination of Leap Motion hand tracking and VR. How VR medical technology can hack your brain – for good.

Leap Motion Brings Hand Tracking To Ultrawide Field Of View Headset

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A partnership between an engineering company building solutions geared toward professionals (VRgineers) and a leading hand-tracking company (Leap Motion) aims to pair up their technologies. Embedding Leap Motion’s next generation hand-tracking technology directly into future VRgineers headsets will allow professional users to interact with VR applications completely naturally using their hands,” said Marek Polcak, CEO and co-founder of VRgineers, in a prepared statement.

OSVR Hacker Dev Kit will Feature Embedded Leap Motion Technology

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Today, Leap Motion and OSVR announced that the upcoming OSVR Hacker Dev Kit will feature an optional faceplate embedded with Leap Motion hardware. The addition of the OSVR faceplate with Leap Motion will make the HDK the first-to-market virtual reality headset with fully integrated motion control technology. This also marks the first in a future lineup of virtual reality headsets with embedded Leap Motion hardware and software.

5 Medical and Assistive Technologies Being Transformed with Leap Motion

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From the operating room to virtual reality, here are 5 ways that people are using Leap Motion tech for medical and assistive applications. Solution: One of TIME Magazine’s Top 25 Inventions of 2014, MotionSavvy’s UNI is a two-way communication tool for the deaf using Leap Motion and speech technologies. Solution: Developers and researchers have been experimenting with using Leap Motion technology to measure hand tremors, including a team at UCSF.

Weekly Funding & People Roundup: Leap Motion Raises $50M,

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Weekly Funding & People Roundup: Leap Motion Raises $50M, WaveOptics Raises £12M, Hutch Interiors Raises$10M, ObEN Raises $5M, nDreams Raises £2.7M, Mira Announces $99 AR Headset, Paramount Pictures Names Ted Schilowitz as Futurist in Residence 1) Leap Motion , a hand-tracking company, has raised $50M in Series C funding led by clients advised by J.P. Morgan Asset Management for its VR/AR hand-tracking technology.