Realtime hand and finger tracking which doesn't cost a fortune is now a reality thanks to the new Orion software update for Leap Motion.

Sold for only £60 at Amazon, Leap Motion works with PC/Mac and is also compatible with virtual reality headsets such as the Oculus Rift, delivering amazing results and potentially game-changing immersion.

The update was actually revealed a few weeks ago, but an extended demo on YouTube is what caught our attention.

"Orion software represents a radical shift in how we do hand tracking," explains Leap Motion. "We've unlocked lower latency. Longer range. Better and faster hand recognition. Vastly improved robustness to cluttered backgrounds and ambient light. Even applications will be faster thanks to a new API that can be used initially in Unity. And we're only getting started."

You can download the software now for use with the Leap Motion Controller on Windows, with the beta including a range of demos.

In the future you may see Orion hardware built directly into VR headsets.

Source: Leap Motion