I don’t like Coors Light beer BTW. Especially after seeing an article about most commercial, mass-produced beers are mainly corn based. Anyway, this is not an article about beer. The reason why there’s a Coors light bottle in this experiment is that I couldn’t find a free open source 3D model. So I used this Coors beer bottle for my prototype.
Mozilla’s Aframe web VR community is growing. The contributors are increasing and more and more is the VR library becoming robust. I became aware someone made an Aframe plug-in that integrates Leap Motion. Leap Motion is a hardware sensor that tracks hand and finger motions that require no hand contact or touching. Don McCurdy, a regular contributor to the Aframe community, wrote the plugin and is available on Github.
After installing the package to my VR project, I was impressed to a certain degree but not blown away. I played with the Leap in a non-web environment, and it feels smooth and responsive. On the web VR front, the Leap feels sufficient but lacks control on grabbing things. Why is Leap important to the developer community? With the Leap, you no longer need hand controllers, and VR apps become more immersive. Having it available on the web makes experiences even more accessible. Recently, JP Morgan Asset management announced $50 million in funding. Not bad coming from a project that started as a Kickstarter.
1. Go to http://rudes.de/coors/index.html
2. Make sure you have your Leap Motion connected. You can purchase one on Amazon.
3. Move your hands around the Leap and it will track your movements on the browser.