The new platform is a combination of software & hardware made for battery-powered virtual reality (VR) & augmented reality (AR) devices running on smartphone-speced processors. Leap Motion’s aim is to hasten the shift towards ubiquitous mobile & wearable displays, making them as commonplace as putting on a pair of glasses.
Leap Motion is a Silicon Valley, USA-based startup that builds tech with which you can interact with digital Content in VR & AR spaces, on Mac & PC platforms, using your hands as you’d do in the real world. They can track the movements of your hands & fingers with very low latency, & convert it into 3D input. Currently, the Company has solutions together with partners for a number of industries, like 3D motion control for surgeons in the OR, in-store 3D demos for retailers, heads-up display control on next gen cars.
With the mobile platform, Leap Motion has built a whole new sensor that uses much less power & still provides an acceptable level of performance, which they say will be nearly 10 times the speed of current sensors, & actually make it smoother & more accurate.
The new platform also improves the field of view that a VR headset can provide, improving the current PC peripheral’s capability of 150×120 degrees to 180×180 degrees. Currently the platform is under intense development & works only on the Gear VR headset.
Leap Motion has put together a reference system on top of the Gear VR, & are shipping it to other headset makers as a demo product to show how the platform can form a single cohesive product. They’ll also soon be showing the platform off at VR events together with the Company’s Interaction Engine.
While the product is still is a late concept stage, the Company wants to make magical experiences possible & that happens when our tech basically becomes an invisible part of the overall design – a more human natural experience. So our goal with this release is to show what a fully integrated product can look like. We’ll have more to say about specific SDK support, integrations, etc. when we get closer to a full release
They did confirm that among others, they plan to release an Android SDK.