Enterprise VR headset manufacturer VRgineers and Leap Motion, the company behind its eponymous optical hand tracker, announced they’re working together to embed Leap Motion’s tech into professional-grade VR headsets.

VRgineers is best known for their enterprise-focused wide field of view (FOV) VRHero 5K Plus headset, which boasts a 170-degree FOV and dual 2560 x 1440 OLED displays. The company is currently working with Leap Motion to bring the next generation of its professional VR headsets to market later this year with integrated Leap Motion technology.

“Embedding Leap Motion’s next generation hand-tracking technology directly into future VRgineers headsets will allow professional users to interact with VR applications completely naturally using their hands,” says Marek Polcak, CEO and co-founder of VRgineers. “Having this technology is especially important for us because our high-resolution headsets allow users to see 170º horizontally. Now they can move their virtual hands throughout the headset’s entire field of view without losing sight of them.”

Leap Motion controller mounted on an Oculus RIft DK2, image courtesy Leap Motion

Leap Motion’s hand tracker, aka ‘Leap Motion Controller’, is a small USB device capable of being mounted on VR headsets via a plastic mounting kit. The Controller has been available since July 2013, although has since seen a major software upgrade in 2016 that has refined its made-for-VR hand-tracking engine.

The VRHero platform, VRgineers says in a statement, is presently used by automotive designers in companies, such as BMW, Audi, and Volkswagen, for design validation and evaluation, allowing them to accelerate the development of new prototypes. Adding hand-tracking, which inherently doesn’t require new users to learn control schemes, might make those professional usercases more approachable to the uninitiated.

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  • Jean-Sebastien Perron

    Just seeing the stupid Vive tracker on the HMD makes me cringe. Why not use superior Mixed Reality better technology?

    • Sonja

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    • Raphael

      One wonders why all of these tech companies don’t hire you to advise? Couch-advisor…

    • JJ

      Turn your brain on and do some research… you’re always posting the most idiotic comments on this site. Especially your “HTC Vive service horror stories” that you claim are inevitable because one single youtube bimbo, while everyone else manages just fine…

      First off, this was the first edition that wasn’t integrated and worked great with every headset while stuck to the front. The second version that will be in the headset wont be external and you wont even know its there.

      Second, there is no better technology for near depth detection and articulation of object without trackers, especially in “Mixed reality”. All other options use light and node tracking systems, and I specifically enjoy develop with leap over other hand tracking systems because I get my hands in the scene seamlessly without having to hold or wear anything.

      Leap motion works great 99.5% of the time and there’s no debate here. Bringing this integrated to a HMD is the next logical step and I don’t think we are going to look back.

    • gothicvillas

      Superior mixed reality lmao :) mate, have you considered comedy stand ups?

      • Jean-Sebastien Perron

        Dont sweat it bro, you will break your Vive.

        • JJ

          omg man if you’re just doing a bit, you nailed it.

    • Andrew Jakobs

      MR’s tracking is decent, but it certainly is far from superior. But I do wonder why they don’t have integrated chips as they can get them for very little..

  • Lucidfeuer

    Wasn’t the OSVR supposed to have a hand-tracking plate add-on…three years ago? Anyway I wish more headset would integrate leap-motion into their headset but I guess there are costs and caveats…

    As for this headset…not even considering such a design and ergonomic, the Pimax will be enough of a proof of concept.

  • Fred Raducki

    i’m scared about the final weight of the whole thing !

    • Karen

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    • I’ve been using the Leap stick-on plastic mount and the desktop Leap stick for my VIVE and DK2, and you don’t even notice they are there. Considering the cheap cost, I’d highly recommend the kit for everyone. You won’t get to use it too often, as it’s support is kinda rare (their tools are a bit complex to integrate), but when you do get to use it, it’s quite magical. Your hands just “appear” in VR, complete and fully functional. It’s not as instant or dependable as a joystick, but it’s complete and feels very natural.

  • Thoemse

    They claim that they want to entere the high end business sector yet all they show is a HMD hackjob with a vive tracker glued on top and now a leap motion strapped on.
    Pimax has its own issues to solve but their headset looks like a streamlined design (wich it isn’t) compared.
    VRHero might change all this but I am not sure showing this monstrosity is helping them in the long run.

  • NooYawker

    Looking at the picture.. at that point just make a full helmet. Unless they can lose the vast majority of the bulk this is a bust. It almost looks like it’s photoshopped on it’s so ridiculous.