Updated Video 5/14/16
GET READY LEAP MOTION OWNERS! It’s now your time!
As I posted in a previous article, SteamVR has opened up their software package to allowing multiple third-party drivers to work within their system. This means that people owning controllers such as the Razer Hydra & LEAP Motion can now sync up and play (however oddly) their most anticipated games!
Of course support for these controllers can be finicky to say the least and you can never really expect them to perform as well as the proper hardware, still, it is better for those of us whom do not have any other choice. Simply put, anyone with a Leap Motion, and either a cell phone, OSVR, DK2, or even, CV1, can now walk around Valve’s “The Lab” and enjoy it’s beauty!
During my video demo I show off the Leap Motion driver in SteamVR playin “The Lab”, “Space Pirate Trainer”, “Hover Junkers”, & “Giant Cop”. I also spend time going through the basics on how-to install and setup the drivers. Once your ready to go it takes a few minutes to get used to the controls which I’ve also listed at the bottom of this article.
STEP BY STEP GUIDE
1. Make sure you have the most up-to-date Orion Beta (VR) installed using the LEAP Motion SDK download available through there website! – Leap Motion Orion SDK V3.1.2 – Page Link
2. Make sure you have installed SteamVR! This should be an easy step) SteamVR Page Link
3. Go to GitHub and download the most current Alpha Release – at this time it is #3 – (this includes button emulation)
If you plan on making your own modifications and would like the master files then follow the link below:
Here are the Leap Motion “Vive” controls from cbuchner on GitHub
- bending of the index finger maps to the trigger button, like you would fire a gun.
- clenching the middle, ring, pinky finger to a fist maps to the grabbing buttons
- the thumbpress gesture (just point the thumb in the direction of your palm) touches and clicks the trackpad, depending on the intensity of your gesture.
- pointing the index finger towards the are of the other hand’s palm will emulate the touchpad. To press the touchpad in the desired position use the tumbpress gesture simultaneously while pointing.
- Flat hand held in front of you, palm towards face is used for application menu button
- the Timeout pose (as used in sports), registers as the system menu button
By chance you own a multiple controller inputs steam vr will allow them to work together! Check out this gif image of myself using the Razer Hydra in tandem with the Leap Motion in SteamVR. I can imagine if you also owned a vive that those controllers would also show up as usable options as well!
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