Motion is a young technology company that is perhaps best
known at this point for what it sells at your local Best
Buy. It’s a $79.99 virtual reality peripheral that can be
mounted onto an Oculus Rift headset. This device then uses
infrared scanning technology to detect the position of
your hands in 3D space. The system communicates that
information as input in a VR experience. It can even track
individual fingers and has been well received by the immersive
community so far. However, an $80 peripheral is not what the
Leap team has in mind for the future.
This week the company announced a brand new product. It will not be sold
in stores. This new device is a hacked together hand-tracking
module that does two very important things for the Leap brand:
it expands the trackable range of their previous iteration, and
it makes the technology work on mobile VR devices.
The improved tracking was the easier of the two for the team to
accomplish. During an in-person demonstration at UploadVR’s San
Francisco office, the Leap team explained that their new module
is compiled using simple, “off the shelf” components. User
feedback on the previous sensor indicated a significant desire
for an expanded field of view, and so now the new module can
track at 180×180 degrees.
Essentially what this means is that the device begins tracking