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07.17.17 | 12:59 pm

Leap Motion’s amazing hand-tracking tech for VR/AR coming to Asia thanks to giant funding round

When the San Francisco-based startup pivoted to applying its groundbreaking hand- and finger-tracking technology to virtual reality a couple of years ago, it signaled a new life for a company whose original mission—getting consumers to use its controllers across a wide variety of applications—hadn't worked out all that well.

So its $50 million C round of funding, led by J.P. Morgan Asset Management, is a big sign that the pivot has been a success. The company will use the new funds to expand into Asia, and to bring its technology into the enterprise, including into the education, health care, and industrial training simulation industries. 

12.05.16 | 12:34 pm

Leap Motion bringing hand-tracking to mobile VR

One of the biggest differences between high-end, tethered, virtual reality systems like the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive and mobile platforms like Samsung's Gear VR is the far more immersive experience the pricier rigs offer by tracking users' hands, incorporating them into games and other content.

San Francisco's Leap Motion wants to do away with that difference, and today it said it is getting ready to ship its mobile VR platform, a combination of hardware and software meant to make it possible to track users' hands with untethered devices. In a blog post, Leap Motion CTO David Holz said its reference design, which it will be making available to mobile VR headset manufacturers, is capable of tracking 180 degrees by 180 degrees.