One of the concerns of Samsung’s Gear VR smartphone-based head-mounted display (HMD) has been just how accessible it would be with other devices. The Oculus Rift PC HMD has no shortage of compatible motion controllers and more but it was feared that this wouldn’t be the case with the Android-based device, which runs on a Galaxy Note 4 smartphone. However it appears there isn’t much to worry about on this end; Leap Motion has just shown its controller-free hand-tracking system working with Gear VR.
Leap Motion showcased its support for the device during the ‘Interacting with VR Today and Tomorrow’ session at the 2014 Samsung Developer Conference (SDC) today. Co-founder David Holz took to the stage to showcase the two working together, with the Leap Motion controller mounted to the front of Gear VR, similar to the setup developers can currently use with the Oculus Rift. It wasn’t clear if this was the exact same mount that connects to the Oculus Rift, or a new version.
Holz didn’t provide any details on what the future will hold for Leap Motion and Gear VR. He made no announcement as to if a software development kit (SDK) might be released to developers in the future or if consumers will ever be able to take advantage of this support. Leap Motion joins Sixense in its support for Gear VR with its STEM System motion controller, which also brings positional tracking to the device.
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