Leap Motion Dives Into Virtual Reality

Leap Motion has continued to improve the software on its gesture-based controller, which allows you to interact with computers purely through hand motions, by adding more accurate and responsive hand tracking. Now, the company is using those improvements to propel itself into a new category: virtual reality. Leap Motion unveiled new hardware and software updates Thursday that allow the motion controller to be used with virtual reality headsets like the Oculus Rift. Leap Motion’s controller tracks users’ hand movements so they can interact with their Mac or PC without ever touching a keyboard, mouse or screen. The company’s new $19.99 VR Developer Mount allows developers to attach a Leap Motion controller to their existing virtual reality headset, including the Facebook-owned Oculus Rift. This allows the wearer to take advantage of the powerful sensors within Leap’s motion controller so the person wearing the headset can see the people and objects around them while also seeing the headset’s display.