Leap Motion’s Quick Switch App – A Switch Between Real Life and Virtual Reality
Imagine you are playing your favorite virtual reality game with the Oculus Rift headset on, and it is going on quite well until you feel thirsty. You cannot simply walk to the kitchen blindly with the headset on, and taking off the headset seems like a very hard task. What do you do? Use Quick Switch.
Leap Motion, the American company who is famous for the hand motion sensor, wants to make your life even easier. The clever app named Quick Switch toggles between real life and virtual reality. It allows the users to see what is going on in real time without having them to take off the Oculus Rift. With a quick hand gesture, you can switch the Oculus Rift feed to the infrared cameras of the Leap Motion sensor.
The app will be available as a part of the company’s Unity Core Assets: VR Edition. Users will be able to integrate Quick Switch into Unity apps, even without Leap Motion interaction. Free demos for Windows and Mac are available for download on their website so don’t forget to check them out!
According to Leap Motion, Quick Switch is just like its name – fast and simple to use without any annoying hitches. To toggle between both realities, you simply have to swipe your hand close to the controller very swiftly. The app detects the motion through the use of Image API. Moreover, it will probably keep you safe from the nasty sticky keyboard syndrome.
Quick Switch functions with the Leap Motion Controller mounted on the Oculus Rift. To be able to use it, you must have the latest version of Leap Motion software installed along with Oculus SDK 4.2+. Next step is to download the Quick Switch free demo and run it. Now, pass your hand in front of the Leap Motion Controller two to three times to alter between virtual reality and real time. That’s it! Happily play your game, swipe up and down close to the controller, eat a snack, swipe and you are back in the virtual world!
We at Virtual Reality Times can’t help but admire Leap Motion. It is safe to say that with Quick Switch has taken a very huge step toward the fusion of the real and virtual worlds.