Resn jumps into motion-controlled development for Leap Motion

Wellington-based digital studio Resn will be one of the first developers in the world to launch on the highly anticipated Leap Motion platform.

The Leap Motion Controller is an US$80 candy bar-sized device which tracks hand gestures and finger movements to 1/100th of a millimetre. Much like Microsoft’s Kinect sensor, the technology is designed to control software and games on your computer by using your body. Leap is selling the device in Best Buy in the States from May and has a partnership with Asus to incorporate the technology into some of the Taiwanese manufacturer’s top-of-the-line PCs.

Resn is one of several developers world-wide to receive the device early to build a back catalogue of compatible software in the Leap Motion app store for its launch day. 

The Kiwi dev shop started development on four games in late February, each showcasing a different technical aspect of the Leap Motion device, says Resn business development director Matt Walsh.

“For example, Digit Duel is an Old West quick draw game we built to show off the zero latency of the device.  Another is a puppet game showing off the ability to read and use multiple fingers. You use the puppet to do everyday tasks which sounds mundane but it’s actually quite funny,” he says.

Walsh says the agency is relishing the chance to develop on a completely new platform.

“[It’s a] really short turn around but we thought it would be a great opportunity to push ourselves with a new opportunity,” says Walsh.

“This one was particularly challenging though because it’s using an interface that no one has used before. There are no established rules, we have to write them as we go. It’s a great technology but it’s always nice when you or someone else has worked on it to give you a few tips when traversing the unknown. “

This isn’t the first time Resn has developed a game, it was the studio behind NZTA’s Flash Driving Game.

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