Meet Ultraleap, the single brand formed after Ultrahaptics acquired Leap Motion in 2019
Jonny Codling, vice president of product at Ultraleap, describes how its technologies are powering natural, safe and effortless digital interaction in the increasingly connected world
VRWT: What’s the story behind Ultraleap?
Jonny Codling: Ultraleap is the single brand formed after Ultrahaptics acquired Leap Motion in 2019. It has become the first to offer the full vertical stack of software and hardware to enable spatial computing for the automotive, out of home, industrial, XR, entertainment and medical sectors. Today, UK-headquartered Ultraleap has more than 150 employees based in Europe, North America and Asia.
Ultraleap’s world-leading hand tracking and unrivalled mid-air haptic technologies allow you to engage with the digital world naturally—without touching surfaces. No touchscreens. No controllers. No keypads. From enhancing 2D screens to developing fully immersive 3D experiences, Ultraleap powers natural, safe and effortless digital interaction in the increasingly connected world.
VRWT: What problems do your technologies solve?
Jonny Codling: Ultraleap’s technologies enable users to interact with virtual objects and applications without the need for controllers or wearables, creating entirely new user interfaces and experiences.
Ultraleap’s hand tracking is the most advanced on the market and allows users to interact in 3D and makes interactions clean, safe and intuitive. Ultraleap’s unique mid-air haptics provide the sense of touch in virtual settings, without the need to actually touch a surface. Being able to reach out and interact directly with your hands in 3D, as we do in the real world, is the next step that takes us beyond keyboard and mouse or controllers, and into an immersive virtual or augmented reality.
Combined, these technologies are changing the way people interact with interfaces in cars, with digital signage, kiosks and in advertising. In the VR and AR space, these technologies are revolutionising design, simulation, training, gaming and entertainment.
VRWT: How receptive are your clients to immersive technology?
Jonny Codling: We’ve seen a number of clients adopt our technology, especially in location-based entertainment experiences. Our hand tracking is used in a number of The VOID’s immersive VR experiences, and Dreamcraft Attractions designed a VR motorbike experience The Twilight Saga: Midnight Ride for Lionsgate Entertainment World using the latest in VR technology (including our hand tracking). We’ve also had original equipment manufacturers directly embed our tracking into head-mounted displays for enterprise and gaming use cases, including the Varjo VR-2 Pro, VRgineers XTAL and the Pimax hand-tracking module.
Ultraleap’s technologies are designed to be natural and intuitive to use. However, as with all new technologies, standards are still being developed. As well as being part of organisations such as The Khronos Group and its OpenXR working group, we are also building our own interaction standards to ensure customers have access to the best user experience/interface and call to interact elements with the applications they are creating.
VRWT: What do you offer to help your clients get the most out of your solutions?
Jonny Codling: The team at Ultraleap boasts world-leading experts in interface design, acoustics, machine learning and computer vision. This expertise guides the work with Ultraleap’s customers while the company helps them build the next generation of interface solutions.
At Ultraleap, we provide the world’s first full vertical stack of software and hardware for natural interaction. We work directly within the ecosystem and have recently announced integrations with OpenXR and MRTK to help make it simple for customers to work with our technology.
We are continually innovating at Ultraleap to ensure that we can provide guidance on the best interactions and integrations of our technology. In addition to our own research projects, our academic programme allows us to advise and learn from the world’s most innovative academic institutions, such as MIT, the University of Tokyo and the University of Oxford as they develop solutions on Ultraleap’s platforms.
VRWT: What do you have in store for 2020?
Jonny Codling: We have a number of exciting product and customer announcements in the works for the rest of 2020. Follow us on our social channels to stay up to date: Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and Facebook.
VRWT: How can interested parties get in touch?
Jonny Codling: Please drop us a note at firstname.lastname@example.org and one of our team will get in touch.
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Main image: Jonny Codling, vice president of product at Ultraleap