LEAP Motion is known for their hand-tracking controller, which allows you to access and interact with your computer (PC or Mac) using your hands and fingers while running the LEAP Motion software. LEAP Motion recently introduced new hardware and software updates, which allow the controller to be used with a virtual reality(VR) headset (i.e. Oculus Rift). The cost of Motion’s controller is $79 USD and the mount is $20.
Gaming can be a great learning tool, but often a person with limited hand mobility has difficulties to access a joystick or buttons on the game controller. It looks like LEAP’s developers are planning to integrate Leap Motion controller into virtual reality experiences. Virtual reality creates an artificial world that consists of images and sounds created by a computer and is affected by the actions of a person who is experiencing it (Merriam Webster). LEAP Motion technology offers handicapped persons more options to access computers and expand their experience.
A virtual reality headset like Oculus Rift looks big and requires someone’s help to wear for persons with hand-mobility limitations, but it is exciting that they can play a game with their hand-gestures and have virtual reality experience. I hope that developers will create special software for handicapped applications (education and communication).
The video above is showing how the user will interact with the PC screen while using a Leap Motion controller and a VR headset.