Last year hand-tracking company Leap Motion ran a virtual reality (VR) development jam in search of software that utilised its sensor with the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD). The competition proved to be a big success and led to the creation of some intriguing VR titles. A year on and Leap Motion is running the jam once more, with the submission process recently closing. It looks like this will be another successful event, as the Jam has seen nearly 200 submissions from developers work with the tech.
A total of 189 entries have been submitted to the jam, with public voting now open until 22nd December 2015. Voters will be able to sample the VR/AR software and then pick their favourites. Submissions include a wide range of unique VR ideas such as metanaut’s Lyra, which is described as a ‘playground for musicians’. There’s also VR Guitar in which players can pluck the strings of an instrument and even a hand-tracking controlled racer named Faster VR from Dark Energy Software. Simply put, voters are spoilt for choice.
Jam winners are set to be announced in January 2016. Leap Motion is offering over $75,000 USD in cash and prizes, which includes three $500 Community Choice awards. First prize in the AR/VR track will be awarded $10,000, Unity Suite, two Open-Source Virtual Reality (OSVR) Hacker Dev Kits (HDKs) and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti. Second place gets $7,500, Unity Pro, one OSVR HDK and the same NVIDIA equipment while third gets the same bar a $5,000 reward.
VRFocus will continue to follow the Leap Motion 3D Jam closely, reporting back with the latest updates on its progress.