LEAP takes motion control to a new level

By on May 21, 2012
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Incredible accuracy over a range of gestures.


While developers around the world are fiddling away with Microsoft’s hands-free wonder that is Kinect, a small startup company is about to drastically change the world of motion control.

LEAP Motion uses a small USB device and a sophisticated software program to allow users to control what’s on their screens with up to a hundredth of a millimeter accuracy. While Kinect allows for more general hands-free control, Leap Motion has a range of more advanced features and uses such as:

- Navigating an operating system or browsing Web pages with the flick of a finger
- Finger-pinching to zoom in on maps
- Letting engineers interact with a 3D model of clay
- Precision drawing in either two- or three-dimensions
- Manipulating complex 3D data visualizations
- Playing games, including those that require very “fast-twitch” control
- Signing digital documents by writing in air

But that’s just the tip of the iceberg. At $70, it’s a steal for users to snatch up when it becomes available, and developers are already queuing up to see what they can do with it.

Check out the introductory video and more details at their homepage.


A former IT & Marketing Manager turned full time Editor, Nick enjoys hurling fireballs and tinkering with the latest gadgets. Follow him on Twitter as @theregos

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