Ultraleap’s hand tracking technology has found its way into enterprise virtual reality (VR) headsets like VRgineers’ XTAL or the Varjo VR-2 Pro but for consumers, it was a case of tacking on the Leap Motion controller. But thanks to a new collaboration with Pimax that could soon be a thing of the past.
The two companies have confirmed that all of Pimax’s product range will be able to use a new module which neatly connects to the underside of the headset. That means not only will Pimax’s latest 8K X and 8K Plus flagship headsets be compatible but even the entry-level Artisan will be.
Featuring Ultraleap’s latest hand tracking technology the module specifications include a stereoscopic IR camera that creates an interaction zone of up to 100cm (40″) range, extending from the device in a 160×160° field of view (FoV). It’ll be a plug and play solution working in conjunction with Ultraleap’s software platform.
“We’ve been working with the Ultraleap team for some time now and we are so excited to be able to officially bring this amazing technology to the gaming and immersive computing community,” said Kevin Henderson, COO of Pimax, in a statement. “As the most advanced hand tracking available, we can’t wait to see our supporters play around with this addition and finally have the power of natural interaction for all of their VR experiences. Final production arrangements are well underway and we expect to make these modules available to the Pimax community in Q2 2020.”
“Using our hands, as we do in the physical world, is a fundamental element needed as we interact with the digital world. What’s so important about this agreement is that it means even more people will be able to experience the magic of hand tracking,” adds Steve Cliffe, CEO of Ultraleap.
With the $169.95 USD Ultraleap hand tracking module slated to be available in the next few months, you can head to its listing on Pimax’s website to sign up for notifications.
Pimax unveiled its latest 8K resolution headsets late last year before showcasing them at CES 2020 last month. VRFocus will continue its coverage of Pimax, reporting back with its latest hardware updates.