New Investment Will Accelerate Global Expansion, Innovation of VR/AR Motion Tracking Technology, and Expansion into New Commercial Applications

Leap Motion, Inc., the leading creator of motion tracking technology for natural input in virtual and augmented reality, today announced $50 million in Series C funding led by clients advised by J.P. Morgan Asset Management.

San Francisco — July 17, 2017 — Leap Motion, Inc., the leading creator of motion tracking technology for natural input in virtual and augmented reality, today announced $50 million in Series C funding led by clients advised by J.P. Morgan Asset Management. The funding enables Leap Motion to drive global expansion, particularly in Asia, which the company will serve through the opening of an office in Shanghai, China; advance innovation and adoption of its groundbreaking hand and finger tracking technology; and broaden its reach into new commercial and enterprise applications including education, healthcare, and industrial training simulation. As part of the funding round, Lawrence Unrein, Global Head of J.P. Morgan Asset Management’s Private Equity Group, has joined Leap Motion’s board of directors.     

“Natural input through full hand tracking is inseparable and fundamental to the future of VR/AR, and Leap Motion is a principal driver of its widespread adoption,” said Michael Buckwald, CEO and Co-founder of Leap Motion. “In much the same way as the touchscreen sparked the mobile revolution, Leap Motion is playing a transformative role in the development of human interface technology for VR/AR. As a result, the industry as a whole is on the verge of a similar moment of exponential growth.”

“Virtual and augmented reality technologies are evolving at a rapid pace, drawing significant attention from investors,” said Larry Unrein, Global Head of J.P. Morgan Asset Management’s Private Equity Group. “Leap Motion’s suite of hardware and software designed for headsets falls squarely into this category, offering natural input through hand and finger tracking that can be integrated into any headset.” 

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Since its founding in 2010, Leap Motion has become the recognized leader in motion tracking for VR/AR. Leap Motion products are used by leading technology companies such as Qualcomm, and by industrial designers, innovation labs, and academic researchers throughout the world to integrate motion tracking into a multitude of applications – from desktop and the Internet of Things, to virtual and augmented reality.

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作为全球VR/AR头显的核心市场,中国将成为Leap Motion此番发展的战略重点。组建中的Leap Motion中国团队将专注于为本土领先的VR/AR头显厂商及内容开发商提供自然交互解决方案,通过集成Leap Motion技术,为未来开启更大空间。
 
“我们观察到中国头显制造商正设法提升其下一代产品的沉浸感和用户体验,同时也看到有越来越多的行业应用涌现,例如在教育、培训、展示、医疗等领域,这些都迫切需要更为自然的交互方式,”Leap Motion全球副总裁兼大中华区总裁谭家东表示,“期待我们与更多中国企业合力打造下一代VR/AR体验,协助其进一步扩大市场。”
 
自2010年成立以来,Leap Motion已成为VR/AR领域公认的动作追踪技术领导者。Leap Motion 正与全球领先的技术公司、创新实验室、科研机构和超过30万名开发者合作,将自然交互技术应用至VR/AR、PC、物联网等领域。Leap Motion去年底推出了可嵌入移动VR及一体机的超轻量、180度×180度视场角的手部跟踪解决方案,并于今年初与高通合作推出其移动VR一体机参考设计。

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Since its founding in 2010, Leap Motion has become the recognized leader in motion tracking for VR/AR. Leap Motion products are used by leading technology companies such as Qualcomm, and by industrial designers, innovation labs, and academic researchers throughout the world to integrate motion tracking into a multitude of applications – from desktop and the Internet of Things, to virtual and augmented reality.

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About Leap Motion

Leap Motion’s mission is to remove the barriers between people and technology. The company’s unprecedented hand tracking technology – a combined suite of software and hardware – lets you reach into virtual and augmented reality to interact with new worlds. Leap Motion was founded in 2010 and is currently partnering with major headset manufacturers to embed Leap Motion technology into mobile VR/AR products across the globe. The company is privately funded and headquartered in San Francisco, Calif. For more information, visit www.leapmotion.com or follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

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Leap Motion
邮箱:ylin@leapmotion.com

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This press release is available in English and Chinese.