Ultraleap and Qualcomm have signed a multi-year co-operation agreement that will see the optimisation of the next generation of hand tracking capabilities on the Qualcomm Snapdragon XR2 5G platform.

Ultraleap’s fifth generation hand tracking platform, known as Gemini, will be pre-integrated and optimised on the standalone, untethered Snapdragon XR2 5G reference design, signalling a significant step change for the XR space.

The Snapdragon XR2 5G Platform is the world’s first 5G-supported platform designed specifically for untethered VR, MR and AR. Gemini has been optimised for the Snapdragon XR2 5G platform to allow for an ‘always on’ experience and the most natural interaction in untethered  XR.

Steve Cliffe, CEO of Ultraleap, said: “Qualcomm Technologies recognises the importance of high-precision hand tracking in order to revolutionise interaction in XR. The compatibility of our technology with the Snapdragon XR2 5G Platform will make the process of designing hand tracking within a very wide variety of products as simple as pick and place.”

Hiren Bhinde, Director of Product Management, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., commented: “Hand tracking is becoming a table stakes feature in next-gen XR devices. True immersive XR experiences require seamless, natural and intuitive usage and interaction of the users’ hand when interacting in the digital world as they do in the physical world. Ultraleap’s hand tracking technology enables this seamless interaction through a natural connection between people and technology, which is incredibly important for the next generation of XR devices.”