Leap Motion unveiled a new device which will allow you to scroll through items on your computer screen with the wave of a finger, and even compose handwritten notes or signing an official document in the air.
It connects via USB and sits on your desk in front of your monitor where it generates a four cubic foot, three-dimensional field of interactivity.Within that field of motion, the Leap is capable of detecting movements and gestures with precision.
Leap Motion states that it can distinguish and track your individual fingers down to 1/100th of a millimeter–200 times more accurate than any competing product. So what appears to be a jab at Microsoft Kinect the Leap FAQ says, “This isn’t a game system that roughly maps your hand movements.”
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Users of the Kinect and similar systems are accustomed to using sweeping arm movements to control gameplay. For example, on the Xbox 360, jumping from one interface tile to the next involves moving your entire arm in a fluid motion. It’s a big, sweeping gesture. But the Leap condenses this interaction into an 8-foot cubic space.
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Key Features of the LEAP
LEAP can do the following stuffs
- Basic computing tasks like navigating an operating system or browsing through Web pages
- Precise virtual drawing in 2-D and 3-D
- Signing a digital document by writing in air
- Navigating large-scale 3-D data visualization systems
- Creating and manipulating 3-D models like houses and cars
- Playing computer games, including fast-twitch first-person shooters
Leap Motion in Action
A video from Leap Motion shows the device working flawlessly and seamlessly through a wide variety of motions and gestures.
To install this device all you need is to plug it in to your USB port, install the leap motion software and do a quick gesture to calibrate. Which literally means you should be up and running with this new device on your computer in no time, works with both Mac and Windows, great news is it even supports Windows 8 gestures as well.
The Leap Motion video makes the device look rather impressive. It certainly seems worth the $70 price tag if it can deliver an experience anywhere near that depicted in the demo.
The Leap is available for pre-order right now and will ship sometime during the December-through-February time frame.