Leap Motion will be introducing its users’ hands in the VR technology as the company has achieved a more realistic interaction on both desktop and mobile devices.
VR or Virtual Reality is one of the most up-and-coming technology areas. As its initial development targeted the gaming area, developers are now trying to introduce the system in new areas.
Besides enlarging its usage area, developers are also trying to make the system much more realistic and to continue developing its technology.
One such developer is Leap Motion, a San Francisco, California-based company. The firm is specialized in computer hardware sensor devices based on finger and hand input motions.
As of 2016, the company has also started releasing hand tracking software that could be used in with the virtual reality technology.
The hand tracking system was originally launched as a desktop or laptop computer add-on. However, due to the software’s technical requirements, the system was somewhat restricted.
As only special gaming computers were able to run the initial add-on, Leap Motion did not seem to hesitate as they moved to a VR headset.
With the system moved on the Oculus Rift headset, the system could now be used so as to freely track hand and finger movements. The Leap Motion addition meant that users no longer had to use physical controllers.
The Oculus Rift VR headset transfer will be followed by an even bigger change of direction. Leap Motion has announced that it will be releasing a smartphone-based VR hand tracking system.
The so-called Leap Motion Mobile Platform should become available on any smartphone-based VR headset such as the Google Cardboard or the Samsung Gear VR.
Such a change could help bring the hand tracking VR abilities to a new market sector as it would become more easily available to users.
David Holz, from Leap Motion, has made a series of statements in the announcement as he pointed out some important facts.
According to Holz, the company had its work cut out for it when it set out to move the system from a computer to a mobile platform.
The challenges came from adapting the tracking platform to the much narrower and limited space. As they had to develop a whole new Motion sensor, technical specifications also had to be changed.
As such, the platform had to have a higher performance whilst also consuming much less power. Leap Motion set out to develop the most sophisticated hand tracker that would be both more accurate and smoother.
The company also addresses and solved one of the VR community’s biggest requests as it maximized the headset’s field of view.
As current Leap Motion PC peripherals had a 140×120 degrees field of view, the new VR sensors will be able to register an 180×180 such field with each sensor.
Leap Motion has announced that it has started sending its new platform to potential hardware partners. In doing so, they are seeking to secure a manufacturing or licensing agreement.
The aforementioned Holz declared that such a technology marks an important shift towards such wearable and mobile displays.
According to him, in the future, such hand tracking sensors and VR headsets will come to account for a technology as easy to use as putting on glasses.
Similar to other enthusiasts, Holz predicted a potential merger between the physical and the digital realities.
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