Ultraleap launches its fifth-generation hand tracking platform

October 27, 2021 // By Nick Flaherty
Ultraleap launches its fifth-generation hand tracking platform
Ultraleap has launched its fifth-generation hand tracking platform, known as Gemini, on general release.

Ultralap's hand tracking technology, which was rebuilt from the ground up, has already been integrated into system from VR developer Varjo and Qualcomm’s Snapdragon XR2 platform, and is bringing touchless technology to self-service solutions around the world. 

The Gemini Windows release is the first step in making the company’s hand tracking available on multiple platforms, camera systems and third-party hardware.  

The tracking engine includes improved two-handed interaction with faster initialization and hand detection and improved robustness to challenging environmental conditions as well as better adaptation to hand anatomy. 

Ultraleap, based in Bristol, UK,  has also made significant changes to the tracking platform to able to extend hand-tracking to different platforms and hardware. Varjo’s XR-3 and VR-3 headsets and Qualcomm’s XR2 chipset are two variations already announced, with more in the pipeline. 

“From powering immersive XR experiences, to providing quick and easy engagement with digital screens, Gemini is making natural interaction between people and technology possible,” said Tom Carter, the new CEO of Ultraleap. “Robust, accurate hand tracking is one of the biggest challenges in 21st century computing. With ten years of ongoing developer support, experimentation, and feedback, we’ve refined our hand tracking to deliver the best and most flexible hand tracking available. We are incredibly proud of the progress we have made, and we are looking forward to working with software and hardware partners to bring hand tracking to the masses.”  

The Windows release is the first time full Gemini has been made available to all and the first full hand tracking release from the company in three years. 

As part of the release, Ultraleap are also showcasing an XR Launcher experience which will show how VR can be made accessible to more people by enabling and empowering them to use their hands naturally, with no controllers needed.  

In Out of Home (OOH) applications, Ultraleap’s hand tracking is used alongside the TouchFree application for touchfree kiosks.

To download Gemini, please visit:  https://developer.leapmotion.com/tracking-software-download

www.ultraleap.com 

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