Leap Motion & Orion

by todor on August 24, 2016, 12:18 pm

Leap Motion wants to bring your hands into virtual reality. With the Leap Motion Controller and VR Developer Mount, you can unlock a whole new level of presence by using your hands in the virtual world – just like the real world.

When Leap Motion was announced in 2012, it seemed like a solution looking for a problem. A little black box that plugged into a computer, it could recognize hand gestures and translate them into interface commands — to let you "do things on your computer just like you do them in real life." But the company was trying to sell people on something they’d never asked for, for use with a machine they’d already been interacting with for years.

Then came virtual reality. When people first started using headsets like the Oculus Rift, the mouse and keyboard suddenly became inadequate: they were tough to find while effectively blindfolded, and they didn’t take advantage of VR’s unique feeling of 3D space. Suddenly, tools like Leap Motion started to make a lot more sense.