The Wall Street Journal reports that Leap Motion is being sold to a company named UltraHaptics for $30 million. The article says that Apple tried to purchase Leap on two different occasions, but Leap co-founder David Holz made some very anti-Apple comments that soured the deal.
Leap Motion’s Leap, a 3D motion control device for the Mac and Windows, provides a glimpse into a Minority Report scenario of gesture computing. The $69.99 Leap doesn’t take up much space on your desk. It’s just over three inches long, an inch wide and less than a half-inch thick. You can read my review here.
Ultrahaptics specializes in “virtual touch” technology that uses ultrasound to project shapes and textures directly onto the user’s hands. Controls can be operated without touching a surface, gestures can be enhanced with tactile feedback, and users can interact in a natural way with virtual objects.