From The World of AR, Techwinx Presents: Project North Star
Earlier on, we gave you a sneak peak into the world of Augmented reality with the article on Mobile Augmented Reality. Today we delve deeper into the niche to introduce Leap Motion’s Project North Star.
Project North Star is an Augmented Reality headset, released by Leap Motion which possesses horizontal FoV (Field of vision) of 100 degrees, vertical of 80 degrees, hand tracking, 6DoF (Degrees of Freedom) head tracking and 3D mapping. What the headset can do with the overall combination of these is quite impressive as seen in the videos released by Leap Motion. In the video below, we can see North Star’s genius in hand tracking.
Leap Motion stated,” At the heart of this experience is hand tracking, which unlocks interactions uniquely suited to virtual and augmented reality. To explore the boundaries of interactive design in AR, we created Project North Star, which drove us to push beyond the limitations of existing systems”. Leap Motion aims to create,”…a future where the physical and virtual worlds blend together into a single magical experience” and North Star is a huge step in actualizing this.
With advancements like this in the world of AR, the future is closer than many imagine.
The coolest thing about Project North Star is that it is now open source; meaning that all source schematics (including designs for the 3D printable parts) for North Star are freely available on the internet for use, modification and study. Leap Star has invited the general public to pitch in and help create that magical future as North Star is still a work in progress.
So, to all developers, engineers and tech enthusiasts, grab your tools and head on to the site or GitHub for the schematics to build this beauty, which happens to be,”…significantly beyond existing AR headsets such as Microsoft Hololens and Magic Leap One”.
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