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Leap Motion: Blocks Play-through (2016)

June 22, 2016
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Create and interact with shapes, manipulate gravity and more in this all-new VR experience built for Leap Motion Orion. Blocks is built with our upcoming interaction engine, which lets you experience nuanced physical interactions with digital objects in a way never before possible.

Requires Oculus 0.8 or 1.3 runtime

Leap Motion, Inc. is an American company that manufactures and markets a computer hardware sensor device that supports hand and finger motions as input, analogous to a mouse, but requires no hand contact or touching. In 2016, the company released new software designed for hand tracking in virtual reality.

The Leap Motion controller is a small USB peripheral device which is designed to be placed on a physical desktop, facing upward. It can also be mounted onto a virtual reality headset. Using two monochromatic IR cameras and three infrared LEDs, the device observes a roughly hemispherical area, to a distance of about 1 meter.

The LEDs generate pattern-less IR light and the cameras generate almost 200 frames per second of reflected data. This is then sent through a USB cable to the host computer, where it is analyzed by the Leap Motion software using “complex maths” in a way that has not been disclosed by the company, in some way synthesizing 3D position data by comparing the 2D frames generated by the two cameras.

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