What was Leap Motion?

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Leap Motion
Leap Motion
American company specializing in computer hardware sensor devices
Motion control
Michael Buckwald, David Holz
Leap Motion was an American company that developed and marketed a computer hardware sensor device called the Leap Motion Controller. The key points about Leap Motion are:

Leap Motion Controller

  • It was a small USB device that enabled users to control computers and manipulate digital objects using hand and finger motions, without any physical contact or touching.
  • It used an infrared scanner and sensor to map and track the user's hand movements in real-time, creating a digital representation of the hand to interact with digital content.
  • The technology was first developed in 2008 by co-founder David Holz while studying for his Ph.D. in mathematics.
  • Leap Motion Inc. was co-founded by Holz and Michael Buckwald in 2010 and launched the first Leap Motion Controller product in 2013 after raising over $44 million in funding.

Company History

  • Initially hailed as a breakthrough technology, sales of the Leap Motion Controller fell short of expectations, leading to layoffs in 2014.
  • The company shifted focus to developing hand tracking for virtual reality (VR) applications and released new VR-focused software called Orion in 2016.
  • In 2019, Leap Motion was acquired by the British company Ultrahaptics for around $30 million, a fraction of its peak $300 million valuation in 2013. The two companies were rebranded as Ultraleap.
  • Ultraleap continues to sell and develop the Leap Motion Controller hardware and software for hand tracking in various applications like XR, touchless kiosks, and more.
The Leap Motion Controller enabled a new way of interacting with digital content using natural hand gestures, paving the way for more intuitive human-computer interfaces.
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