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Breaking News - Leap Motion unveils 'Project North Star' AR headset

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You may soon be able to get your hands on a pair of affordable augmented reality glasses.Hand-tracking company Leap Motion has unveiled 'Project North Star', a prototype headset that superimposes computer-generated images onto the world around you.The futuristic AR headset places two high quality, albeit somewhat gigantic, screens in front of the user's eyes, enabling them to see virtual graphics in real life.North Star can also track gestures, turning your hand into a 'virtual wearable'.The AR system is outfitted with two 1600x1400 translucent LCD displays that run at a quick 120 frames per second, creating a 100-degree field of view and a hand-tracking sensor that creates a 180-degree field of view.Despite the device's tantalizingly cheap starting price, you can't buy the North Star headset just yet.Leap Motion said the headset is just a prototype design, but the firm is opening the hardware and software up to developers next week.The hope is that by making North Star open source, savvy developers can experiment with the technology and, potentially, build it at scale for less than $100.'Although this is an experimental platform right now, we expect that the design itself will spawn further endeavors that will become available for the rest of the world,' Leap Motion co-founder and CTO David Holz wrote in a blog post.'To this end, next week we will make the hardware and related software open source''The discoveries from these early endeavors should be available and accessible to everyone,' he added.Leap Motion created a computer model to show what the headset might look like. The firm said they designed it to work with 5.5-inch smartphone displaysThe glasses are also equipped with Leap Motion's advanced gesture tracking technology that let you grab and touch virtual objects with your hands and without any controllers, wands or other devices.Keiichi Matsuda, Leap Motion's creative director and VP of design, has been showing off the North Star's tracking capabilities on Twitter.In a series of videos, Matsuda shows off how the North Star headset can turn your hand into a 'virtual wearable'.Matsuda flips over his hand, which triggers a virtual menu to sprout out of his palm.It's unclear what these tabs would enable the user to do, but the headset seems capable of reacting quickly and seamlessly to the user's movements.Another video shows Matsuda holding a colorful virtual cube and passing his hand through it.In a series of videos, Matsuda shows off how the North Star headset can turn your hand into a 'virtual wearable'. He flips his palm over to display a virtual menu with tabs that user can touchAnother video shows Matsuda holding a virtual cube and passing his hand through it to show how it displays in real life. The videos show off how advanced the firm's hand tracking tech isIn a blog post about the device, Holz discussed how he believes we are at a tipping point when it comes to augmented reality going mainstream.However, while many tech firms a AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5596497/Would-wear-Leap-Motion-unveils-Project-North-Star-AR-headset-costs-100.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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