OpenXR is an open standard to provide high-performance, cross-platform access to VR and AR platforms and devices. Ultraleap is all in.
Ultraleap has emerged as the offspring of the acquisition of Leap Motion by Ultrahaptics in the Spring of 2019. The merger joined two companies with different approaches to enable spatial interaction for digital devices. Ultrahaptics had the Stratos platform using ultrasound to provide tactile feedback and with the acquisition of Leap Motion, it added hand tracking using optical sensors and infrared light. The companies’ technologies are complementary.
The Leap Motion controller is frequently used to provide an interface for people wearing XR glasses or helmets that make it difficult for them to see their hands. The company has said it’s working on ways to marry their technologies to create a more robust approach to mid-air interaction with devices.
The Khronos OpenXR group includes HTC, HP, Microsoft, Magic Leap, Oculus, Tobii, Qualcomm, Varjo, and zSpace, to name a few of the companies coming together to develop standards for XR systems for a wide range of capabilities.
Steve Cliffe, CEO of Ultraleap says, they’re looking forward to working with the OpenXR working group because he believes they can come together to help XR “happen faster and in a more cohesive way.”
The OpenXR working group released OpenXR 1.0 at Siggraph 2019. The new spec can be found on the Khronos website and via GitHub.