Leap Motion has just announced Leap Motion Mobile Platform, a new technology that’s being worked on that combines software and hardware innovation to realise full motion sensor functionality in virtual and augmented reality powered by a mobile device. This will basically allow for a user to use their mobile device’s screen as the VR display while gesturing with their hands to interact within the experience. It’s not dissimilar to the Xbox One’s Kinect functionality.
“The challenges to build a tracking platform in this space have been immense. We needed to build a whole new Leap Motion sensor with higher performance and much lower power. We needed to make the most sophisticated hand tracking software in the world run at nearly 10 times the speed all while making it smoother and more accurate than ever before,” Leap Motion’s, David Holz, says in a recent blog post. “While our PC peripheral remains unrivaled at 140×120 degrees, we’ve found in virtual reality there is reason to go even further. So we’ve built our next-generation system with the absolute maximum field of view that a single sensor can support on a VR headset, which is 180×180 degrees.”
The Leap Motion Mobile Platform will begin appearing at VR shows this month and developers are already being given demo kits.
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