Ultraleap receives strong endorsement from Qualcomm

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Gemini from Ultraleap has been optimised for the Qualcomm Snapdragon XR2 5G platform to allow for an ‘always on’ experience and the most natural interaction in untethered XR

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➨ Ultrapleap, formed after Ultrahaptics acquired Leap Motion in 2019, has signed a “multi-year” cooperation agreement that will see its hand tracking technology optimised for the Snapdragon XR2 5G platform
➨ Gemini will be pre-integrated and optimised on the standalone, untethered Snapdragon XR2 5G reference design, which also boasts compatibility with embedded eye tracking from Tobii
➨ Qualcomm says the Snapdragon XR2 reference design delivers “comprehensive, end-to-end boundless XR” to allow manufacturers to rapidly develop 5G XR devices

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The hand tracking technology of Ultraleap has had a major endorsement from Qualcomm

Ultrapleap, formed after Ultrahaptics acquired Leap Motion in 2019, has signed a “multi-year” cooperation agreement that will see its hand tracking technology optimised for the Snapdragon XR2 5G platform.

Its fifth generation hand-tracking platform, known as Gemini, will be pre-integrated and optimised on the standalone, untethered Snapdragon XR2 5G reference design, which also boasts compatibility with embedded eye tracking from Tobii.

Qualcomm says the Snapdragon XR2 reference design delivers “comprehensive, end-to-end boundless XR” to allow manufacturers to rapidly develop 5G XR devices.

Gemini from Ultraleap has been optimised for the Snapdragon XR2 5G platform to allow for an ‘always on’ experience and the most natural interaction in untethered XR.

Steve Cliffe, chief executive officer of Ultraleap, said the compatibility of Gemini with the Snapdragon XR2 5G platform will make the process of designing hand tracking within a wide variety of products “as simple as pick and place”.

He continued: “Qualcomm Technologies is in the 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.” 

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Hiren Bhinde, director of product management at Qualcomm Technologies, said that hand tracking is becoming “a table stakes feature in next-gen XR devices”.

Bhinde said: “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.”

“We are excited to work with Ultraleap to help deliver more immersive experiences on the Snapdragon XR2 5G reference design.”

Ultraleap has also released a beta version of an OpenXR integration for its hand tracking technology.

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Main image (bottom): Goertek’s VR form factor for the reference design

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