Aesthetic Interactive developed a new kind of virtual reality interface combining Oculus Rift and Leap Motion.
During last month’s CES, Razer OSVR presented a set up that combined the Oculus Rift and the Leap Motion, an interesting, albeit clunky virtual reality gaming interface experiment. (The International CES is a global consumer electronics and consumer technology tradeshow that takes place every January in Las Vegas.)
Now a Michigan-based company called Aesthetic Interactive has put together a similar virtual reality dynamic using the two devices that offers a much slicker interface and a lot more control called Hovercast. It is an interface method for VR using your open hand as a menu system.
Hovercast is a customizable menu interface for virtual reality applications. It provides menu navigation, buttons, sliders, and toggles – all using simple, reliable gestures.
The developers say the interface provides proximity-based item selection, button and slider options and hierarchical menu navigation.
But even without putting the interface to the test, the fact that more companies are taking the initiative to combine the Oculus Rift with the gesture capabilities of the Leap Motion is another indication that the next step in virtual reality adoption is beyond mere visual immersion. Developers are planning to get human body to fully interact with these virtual environments.