A snap-on faceplate will add 3D hand-tracking capabilities to the open-source VR headset's design, but you'll have to pay extra.
By Scott Stein
We might be entering the Age of Inputs when it comes to VR.
Hand-sensing input technology company Leap Motion is now an official launch partner with OSVR, the open-source VR headset consortium backed by Razer, Sensics, and many others. Leap Motion has been working on integrating its hand-tracking motion-sensing tech with virtual reality technology over the last year, and even demonstrated the capability with OSVR back at CES in Las Vegas this past January. With OSVR, Leap Motion will be an attachable faceplate, offered as a separately purchased accessory or in a bundle with the Hacker Dev Kit VR headset this June.
Oculus VR is the company behind the Oculus Rift, a virtual reality device that has single-handedly revitalized the VR market. The device might look ridiculous — see the image above — but anyone who has tried out the Oculus Rift or a similar headset has come away with the same reaction: A dropped jaw and a blown mind.
Now, according to a big leak from Facebook, which acquired Oculus VR for $2 billion in 2014, it looks like some exciting virtual reality news may be in store for us later today during Facebook’s annual keynote from the F8 developer conference.
Facebook is getting a bit too cosy with our smartphones. It already has a good portion of our social networking time and our messaging, and it's making a play for payments too.
Now inventors of the liking stuff want to take over your phone calls, with an app imaginatively titled Phone. Facebook isn't even certain if it'll be releasing the app, but that obviously hasn't stopped the internet wringing its hands about the possibilities.