Now that virtual reality headsets are commercially available, there s more demand for software that takes advantage of the hardware — and in turn, developers need a new set of tools to create new experiences.
To that end, Leap Motion has released a new module for its Unity Core Assets package that facilitates player interaction with small in-game objects.
Leap Motion s Interaction Engine simplifies the process of creating virtual objects that a player can pick up and hold while they re embedded in a VR experience.
At present, the module works best with spheres and cubes that are between one and two inches in size, but the company expects to broaden its scope based on user feedback.
The type of physics engine used in traditional video games is not well-suited to VR content.
This can make it difficult for players to accurately manipulate an item, because the rules that govern the interaction don t allow for virtual hands to pass through its mass — objects sometimes appear to dart out of your grasp because of this problem.