Leap Motion had some big news to share yesterday as it announced Orion, a new software and hardware initiative that aims to deliver faster, more accurate hand-tracking for virtual reality (VR) experiences. A software beta was launched for developers at the same time, and the hardware aspect will be seen later down the line with embeddable tech that will be used within head-mounted displays (HMDs). As for the original Leap Motion Controller? The sensor is now on sale for a huge reduction over at Best Buy.
The kit can be picked up for $39.99 USD in a clearance sale, which suggests that once it’s gone it won’t be coming back. The RRP is set at $79.99, so that’s just over half off. Shipping should take place within one business day too though fans should note that, if they’re hoping to use the kit with a HMD such as the Oculus Rift, they’ll also need to buy a mount that attaches the controller to the front of the given kit. From there, however, developers and enthusiasts will be able to enjoy hand-tracking in VR experiences that implement it.
With Oculus VR buying up Nimble VR and Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE) doing the same with SoftKinetic, hand-tracking looks set to play a big part in VR’s future. For now, however, these companies are option for position-tracked controllers such as the Oculus Touch and PlayStation Move devices for VR input. It may take some time before hand-tracking becomes an essential part of the VR experience, then, but it looks like Leap Motion itself is busy preparing for that future right now.
For the latest updates on Leap Motion’s work in VR, stay tuned to VRFocus.