Leap Motion, the company famous for its gesture-based tracking system, just announced Project North Star, an amazing open-source platform.
Through Project North Star, Leap Motion will release a design for an augmented-reality headset that will cost less than $100 if it’s built on a large scale.
This headset would allow users to manipulate AR objects with their hands using the Leap Motion sensor, something that’s also been seen in VR headsets. What makes Project North Star so awesome is its open-source nature. This isn’t the Magic Leap One, but something else entirely.
Leap Motion won’t be selling any AR headset, but it will provide the blueprints and specifications required to make such a headset happen.
Using two 3.5 inch LCD displays that offer a 1600 x 1440 resolution per eye and a light-reflecting visor, the Leap Motion AR headset plan promises the biggest field of view we’ve seen so far. According to the company, the field of view will be 95 degrees high and 70 degrees wide, while the Leap Motion sensor will track hand motion in an even larger field: 180 degrees both horizontal and vertical.
“We hope that these designs will inspire a new generation of experimental AR systems that will shift the conversation from what an AR system should look like, to what an AR experience should feel like,” says Leap Motion.
You can watch below how awesome the Leap Motion AR platform proves to be, especially when it comes to virtual wearables.
— Keiichi Matsuda (@keiichiban) March 8, 2018