Amazing Leap Motion demo shows off controller-free VR experience

Tuesday, 1 March 2016 04:38 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Blocks is a new VR game designed for Leap Motion, and it looks amazing.

Leap Motion tends to go under the radar, but as the company’s latest demo shows, the motion control system could be a heck of a lot of fun when teamed up with VR. In Blocks, users create and interact with shapes, manipulate gravity and more in a much more subtle and accurate way than anything else I can think of.

If you like the look of Blocks and have the necessary hardware, you can download it from the Leap Mption Gallery. Software-wise, it requires Leap Motion Orion and Oculus 0.8 Runtime.

I’m always super wary of hands-free motion controls after the whole Kinect thing; I know people had great experiences with it, but my living spaces are always too dark or too small for it to work well. But assuming it does actually work, there’s so much potential for all-new kinds of games and experiences here.

If manipulating objects in virtual space gives you special feelings, check out Fantastic Contraption (which comes bundled with the HC Vive at launch) and Microsoft’s Minecraft HoloLens demo. This kind of thing might be possible with Sony’s potential VR control glove, too.

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