Virtual Architectures is excited to have received our Leap Motion gestural sensor. The device works a little like the Microsoft Kinect which tracks full body movements but has a much higher resolution making it suitable for tracking specific hand movements. Small enough to mount on the Oculus Rift VR headset it provides a particularly intuitive interface for interacting with virtual environments.
Although we’re yet to try any of the VR demos created for the device, first impressions are good. After downloading the sensor’s software we had demos from the Leap Motion app store running in minutes.
With an affordable price tag of €96.99 for the VR Developer Bundle and integrations for both the Unity and Unreal game engines, Leap Motion is a compelling option for exploring alternative methods of user interaction in VR. Other projects allowing I’m looking forward to experimenting in the coming months.