Earlier in the year, hand tracking experts Ultraleap unveiled a preview of its fifth-generation hand-tracking software offering a number of improvements including two-handed interactions. Called Gemini, today Ultraleap has announced the official launch of this new hand tracking platform, fully compatible with Windows systems.
Already available in Varjo headsets and integrated into Qualcomm’s Snapdragon XR2 5G reference design, Gemini marks the first full software release from the company in three years. Completely rebuilding its hand-tracking engine, the core improvements see refinement in two-handed tracking, where occlusion can impair the sensors ability to distinguish between either hand when close together.
Another important enhancement is the speed at which hands are detected. Some location-based entertainment (LBE) venues utilise Ultraleap hand tracking, if you’ve experienced one then you may have noticed that when your hands are out of sight bringing them back would take a few seconds. That should now be rectified with Gemini.
Ultraleap also notes that Gemini offers: “Improved robustness to challenging environmental conditions,” so a user’s hands should be much more easily tracked if lighting conditions suddenly change, for example. To showcase these new features Ultraleap check out the new XR launcher experience in the trailer below.
“Ultraleap Gemini is the next step in bringing intuitive and seamless XR experiences to life by making natural interaction between humans and technology possible. With ten years of continuous innovation and experience from supporting over 350k developers, we have refined our hand tracking to deliver the best and most flexible hand tracking platform available,” said Matt Tullis, Product Director, Spatial Computing, Ultraleap, in a statement. “We are looking forward to working with software and hardware partners to bring hand tracking and XR to the masses.”