AI-powered Hand Tracking Platform Aimed at VR/AR Glasses

Article By : Sally Ward-Foxton

Hand tracking platform will be used in reference design for VR/AR glasses...

British company Ultraleap has signed a multi-year agreement with Qualcomm that will see Ultraleap’s hand tracking platform, Gemini, pre-integrated and optimized on the Snapdragon XR2 5G reference design. The Snapdragon XR2 5G Platform is the first 5G-supporting platform designed specifically for extended reality (XR). XR includes untethered virtual reality, MR and augmented reality applications. Gemini is Ultraleap’s fifth-generation hand tracking platform which tracks hand and finger position using AI. It has been optimized especially for the Qualcomm reference design it will appear in.
Ultraleap’s AI-powered hand tracking platform is included with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon XR2 5G reference design.
Ultraleap’s AI-powered hand tracking platform is included with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon XR2 5G reference design (Image: Ultraleap)
“Hand tracking is becoming a table stakes feature in next-gen XR devices,” said Hiren Bhinde, Director of Product Management, Qualcomm. “True immersive XR experiences require seamless, natural and intuitive usage and interaction of the users’ hand when interacting in the digital world as they do in the physical world. Ultraleap’s hand tracking technology enables this seamless interaction through a natural connection between people and technology, which is incredibly important for the next generation of XR devices.” “The compatibility of our technology with the Snapdragon XR2 5G Platform will make the process of designing hand tracking within a very wide variety of products as simple as pick and place,” said Steve Cliffe, CEO of Ultraleap. “Qualcomm Technologies is in a position to bring transformation to XR by making state-of-the-art technologies – including 5G and spatial computing – available to a broad market. We are proud to be at the forefront of this fast-growing ecosystem alongside them.” Ultraleap was formed when Ultrahaptics merged with Leap Motion in 2019. Ultrahaptics started work on hardware and algorithms for its ultrasound-based tactile haptics solution for user interfaces in 2013. Prior to the merger, Ultrahaptics had been working with Leap Motion, the world leader in hand tracking technology with a community of 300,000 software developers, for around 6 years. While Ultrahaptics had been engaging with a variety of companies in the automotive and consumer electronics sector, Leap Motion had more of a focus on virtual reality and similar technologies. The combined company, based in Bristol, UK, has more than 150 employees around the world. The company offers a full stack of software and hardware for mid-air tactile feedback in automotive, industrial, XR, entertainment and medical applications. This article was first published on EE Times Europe

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