Earlier in 2014 is was suggested that Oculus VR was developing an outward-facing camera for its Oculus Rift virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD) that would be capable of tracking a user’s hands as a means of input in VR videogames. It looks like motion tracking company Leap Motion might have beaten the company to the punch, however, with the reveal of a mount for the Oculus Rift and other HMDs that adapts its Leap motion sensor into a controller-free hand tracking device. The kit is available now.
As a video below shows, the mount fixes the Leap motion device to the front of a VR HMD, this this case the Oculus Rift, and then tracks both hands for accurate in-game replication of movements. As the company revealed, Leap has a wider field of view (FOV) that that of current HMDs, thus hands can even be tracked off screen. The mount can currently be ordered from Leap Motion itself at a price of $19.99 USD. Updates to the system’s software development kit (SDK) are also being made.
That’s not all that Leap Motion had to tease today, however. The company also announced a new prototype sensor codenamed Dragonfly. The kit, which Leap Motion will begin showing from today onwards, uses next-generation ‘mega-sensors’, which supports ‘greater-than-HD image resolution, color and infrared imagery, and a significantly larger field of view.’
“With next-generation “mega-sensors” like this, a Leap Motion device can literally become your eyes into the digital and physical realms – allowing you to seamlessly mix and mash, fade and blend, between virtual environments and the sharpness of the real world,” the company’s David Holz explained.
No word was given on when Dragonfly might start being talked about as a commercial release, though it’s certainly an exciting concept. VRFocus will continue to follow Leap Motion going forward, reporting back with any further updates on its progress.