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After working on it for a while, Collabora developer Moses Turner has announced that their "Mercury" hand-tracking for Monado, their open source XR runtime, is now ready for use.

Since it's been a while after last talking about Monado: "Monado is an open source XR runtime delivering immersive experiences such as VR and AR on mobile, PC/desktop, and other devices. Monado aims to be a complete and conformant implementation of the OpenXR API made by Khronos. The project is currently being developed for GNU/Linux and aims to support other operating systems such as Windows in the near future."

Work on the hand-tracking system has been going for over a year, and now ready for public use. Currently it works on the Valve Index, Windows Mixed Reality headsets (Reverb G2 v2 video below), Oculus Rift S (early support), and Luxonis cameras (video shows a OAK-D Pro W Dev mounted on a North Star). They said it "estimates hand pose accurately, supports limited hand-over-hand interactions, tracks fast hand movements, and is useable for drawing, typing and UI interaction".

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Makes me continue to wonder if Valve will be using Monado for the long rumoured Deckard VR HMD.

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Julius Feb 28
I guess this is something Valve is at least partially funding for their rumoured Deckard standalone VR headset.
scaine Feb 28
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If you google Northstar VR, it sounds like they have a competing hand-tracking project, also open-source?? Or is it the same one... because it doesn't look the same!

This looks incredible though, and I do especially like the idea of a Northstar mixed-reality headset, instead of the more fully immersive VR experience. Obviously they do very different things, of course.
Lachu Mar 3
I think it is place for Windows Hello, but I am not expert of it. Windows Hello is a set of IR cameras and normal cameras, so It could *probably* track hands.
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