Ultrahaptics acquire Leap Motion for a reported $30m
Ultrahaptics announced the acquisition of Leap Motion on May 30th 2019, for a reported $30m. This brings Leap Motion's prominent and popular hand tracking technique alongside Ultrahaptics' contactless haptic feedback technique. The two technologies have inherent synergy, with the haptic feedback systems capable of being configured based on hand tracking for the user.
IDTechEx were invited to try the demonstrations at Ultrahaptics' impressive booth at CES 2018. We spoke with Heather Macdonald Tait and CTO, Tom Carter, as well as partners from Meta, Zerolight and IGT at their booth.
Hanyang University - Ultrasonic haptics
The work described by this group from Hanyang University is along the same lines as that being actively commercialised by UK-based Ultrahaptics. However, they are likely to be many years behind the point at which they could be considered a realistic commercial competitor of any kind.
Ultrahaptics are a UK startup developing projected ultrasonic haptic actuators. Their solution enables touchless haptic feedback, using arrays of ultrasonic speakers to generate sound wave fields that can be felt by the user.