Published on February 5th, 2020 | by Emergent Enterprise0
New Oculus Quest Update Makes Controller-free Hand Tracking Much Easier
One big hurdle for virtual reality user experience is the use of hand controllers. Users, especially new users, often struggle with the controller dynamics and buttons. Jay Peters has an update at theverge.com on how Oculus Quest is making their hand tracking technology more easily available so users wont even need hand controllers. Their actual natural hand movements will be depicted in the VR field of view. This is tremendous news for enterprise usage. The use cases for training are widespread as this technology could make it easier to simulate machine repair, safety measures and more.
Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge
Controller-free hand tracking was first rolled out for Quest headsets in December, but it users had to manually toggle it on and off from the main menu each time they wanted to use it. After installing the new “v13” update, though, if you have controller-free hand tracking switched on in your Oculus Quest’s settings menu, you should just be able to put your Touch controllers down to have your Quest start tracking your hands.
We haven’t been able to test the feature ourselves, but you can get an idea of what it’s supposed to look like in this video from UploadVR: