Leap Motion – a company that specializes in developing hand-tracking hardware and software solutions for Virtual Reality – has recently launched a promising new AR headset called Project North Star. The AR headset is designed in-house and comes with some impressive offerings like high-resolution, low latency, 100-degree field of view and gesture controls.
In its official blog, Leap Motion announced that its new AR headset is aimed at spreading consumer interest for augmented reality tech and the headset will be inexpensive costing less than a 100 (USD) bucks. Leap Motion brags about its new AR headset saying that it will boast “technical specifications of a pair of augmented glasses from the future” while making use of “components from the next generation of VR systems.”
Project North Star AR Headset Details
The Project North Star prototype AR headset is comprised of two “ultra-bright, low-persistence” side-mounted displays that have huge ‘bird bath’ style optics. The display on each eye consists of a 3.5inch LCD with 1600 x 1400 pixel resolution at 120 frames-per-second. The AR headset offers a 100-degree combined field-of-view (95 degrees high and 70 degrees wide) and comes with Leap Motion hand-tracking sensors at 150Hz over a 180 × 180-degree area.
The videos released by the company show the North Star’s ability to quickly and accurately track the motion of the entire hand and as well its joints. It also shows the headset’s ability to manipulate standalone digital objects in 3D. Sounds great for VR Porn enthusiasts playing with dildos and other similar toys. The video also shows the user-interface “tabs” which remain attached to the moving limbs.
While commenting on the release of this early prototype, Leap Motion CEO David Holz said that instead of making the product by themselves, Leap Motion will open source the hardware and software designs by next week, in an effort to encourage further development by developers and manufacturers.
Mr. Holz said: “North Star is a full augmented reality platform that allows us to chart and sail the waters of a new world, where the digital and physical substrates exist as a single fluid experience.”
He further added: “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.”
Leap Motion with its Project North Star AR Headset has set a new precedent by making low-cost augmented reality technology with intuitive features available to users. It is expected to provide tough competition to established players like Microsoft with its expensive ($3000 USD) HoloLens as well as to the recently unveiled Magic Leap One AR headset.