Ultraleap Goes Smaller, Lighter, and Greater-Decision with the New Leap Movement Controller 2

Ultraleap, the corporate behind the hand-tracking Leap Movement digicam system, has introduced the launch of its second-generation model — a decade after the unique hit the market, bringing with it reductions in measurement and weight together with a bigger subject of view.

“As we unveil the smaller, lighter, higher Leap Movement Controller 2, we have fun a decade of pioneering developments in hand monitoring expertise,” says Ultraleap’s co-founder and chief govt Tom Carter. “This newest technology builds upon the sturdy basis laid by its predecessor and reconfirms our dedication to offering our international group of builders and creators with the world’s finest hand monitoring expertise.”

Ultraleap has introduced its next-generation hand-tracking sensor, Leap Movement 2 — a full decade after the unique hit cabinets. (📹: Ultraleap)

“The Leap Movement Controller 2 not solely represents the end result of our journey thus far but additionally permits a future the place pure interplay turns into the norm,” Carter continues. “We’re excited to share this subsequent iteration with the world and proceed breaking down the limitations between bodily and digital worlds. We thank everybody who has helped us get up to now.”

Since its launch in 2013 the Leap Movement hand-and-finger-tracking controller has discovered a house in a variety of tasks — from an Arduino-powered alternative for HTC’s Vive Controllers to offering hand monitoring for augmented actuality methods, skin-based contact management interfaces, surgical robots, and even routinely deciphering and translating signal language.

The Leap Movement 2 is a really comparable machine, once more aimed toward monitoring the person’s fingers and fingers in free house — however features a vary of enhancements. An enormous one for these seeking to built-in the expertise into transportable tasks and robotics methods is measurement: the Leap Movement 2 is sort of a 3rd smaller than the unique, and comes with the promise of a 25 per cent drop in energy consumption. Regardless of this, the corporate can be claiming a bigger 160×160° subject if imaginative and prescient, a 43″ most monitoring distance, and elevated digicam decision.

Whereas Ultraleap might have struggled to search out high quality use-cases for the unique model at launch, the corporate is obvious it has a key market in thoughts this time round: prolonged actuality (XR). To that finish, the corporate has additionally introduced a headset mount which is claimed to supply “straightforward attachment to many alternative XR headset designs,” whereas the {hardware} ships with plugins for each the Unity and Unreal 3D engines alongside Ultraleap’s personal LeapC software programming interface (API).

The Leap Movement 2 is now accessible to pre-order on the RobotShop web site, priced at $139; the headset mount is a further $19. The {hardware} is predicted to ship in late July, the corporate has confirmed.

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