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    Leap 3D Motion Control System: A new gesture based interface for computers

    Leap is essentially a cheaper and more accurate version of Microsoft's Kinect for Windows PCs and Mac's. If it is as good as it looks in the video, I can definitely see myself buying one.

    Leap represents an entirely new way to interact with your computers. It's more accurate than a mouse, as reliable as a keyboard and more sensitive than a touchscreen. For the first time, you can control a computer in three dimensions with your natural hand and finger movements.


    Leap 3D motion control system is 100 times more accurate than Kinect, will cost $69.99
    Motion control startup Leap Motion has demoed its Leap 3D motion control system, which can track motion to around 0.01mm accuracy — 100 times more accurate than the Kinect. Rather than taking Microsoft's approach, Leap Motion creates a personal 3D workspace of about four cubic feet. The Leap consists of a small USB device with industry-standard sensors and cameras that, in tandem with the company's software, can track multiple objects and recognize gestures.

    In a demo given to CNET, Leap's designers showed off OS navigation and web browsing using a single finger, writing, pinch-to-zoom, precision drawing, 3D modeling, and gaming. From what we can see, it looks to be a very precise system, capable of recognizing objects in your hands and tracking them instead of your digits. Leap Motion is releasing an SDK and also handing out free sensors to "qualified developers" that want to develop for the system.

    Although Leap Motion is a startup, it has significant funding behind it, and the system is scheduled to launch early next year at $69.99. Leap will be compatible with either Windows or Mac OS X, and is available for (US-only) pre-order from the company's website. We've embedded an official video showing off the Leap's capabilities beneath, but you can head over to the source link below to watch an additional in-depth preview. (Source)

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    I just saw an article about this now.

    I think this will be a big deal.

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    Pre-order is for shipping no sooner than December(!)

    Looks like an awfully smooth demo for something that is still a long way from being finished...

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    Quote Originally Posted by AngryTechnician View Post
    Looks like an awfully smooth demo for something that is still a long way from being finished...
    Could the patent applications be the cause of the delay?

    To protect all of the IP inside the Leap, the firm has a slew of patent applications in the pipeline, which is why, despite our efforts, we couldn't extract more info about the hardware and its workings.

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    After four years of research and many iterations of hardware, the Leap was finally finished. (Source)

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    Am I the only one watching this video and thinking we're finally within sight of Minority Report-style computer use?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jinnantonnixx View Post
    I just saw an article about this now.

    I think this will be a big deal.
    This is just Kinect V2, same ideas and exploiting the mindshare of Kinect which is all based on the UI ideas of a futurist employed for set design in a movie.

    Gesture stuff probably will become a part of the UI story but who know what combination of tech it will end using. There is Kinect, there is this, there is another one which uses an ultrasound field and mics (a few dollars of hardware) for similar close in tracking with lower resolution, there is surface 2 where the whole screen is also a camera. New capacitive stuff from disney that uses pulsed capacitive sensors and a single wire to make surfaces or even deformables like water into gesture sensitive inputs. Screens that pulse current back through them to make your nerves 'feel' buttons.

    Almost everything is going to be able to become part of the UI, its just a case of how they implement it and make it all somewhat sensible.

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    I've pre-ordered! Looking forward to some minority report style computering.

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    Looking forward to trying this and comparing accuracy etc to, say, a dell touchscreen TFT.

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    This could be useful...

    LEAP Motion Controller Add-ins for Microsoft Office 2010/2013

    Supported so far:
    • PowerPoint - For Previous/Next Slide in presentation
    • Excel - Change Sheet. Scroll + Scroll Pages
    • Word - Change Page
    • Visio - Swipe Pages (for live dashboards etc.)

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    The Leap Motion controller ships on 13th May 2013.

    www.leapmotion.com/press_releases/leap-motion-controller-set-to-ship-may-13-for-global-pre-orders-in-best-buy-stores-may-19

    The Leap Motion Controller will support operating system interactions with Windows 7 and 8, and Mac OS X 10.7 and 10.8. The Leap Motion Controller will also come with access to Airspace™, an exclusive Leap Motion application store where users can discover optimized software across a wide variety of categories including gaming, music, education, art, productivity and more.

    Leading developers around the world are working closely with Leap Motion to produce applications. A few of the expected applications for the Leap Motion Controller include: plug-ins for 3D design software leader Autodesk; Corel’s Painter apps; Disney Interactive’s Wreck-It Ralph: Sugar Rush Speedway racing game; top independent game maker Double Fine’s music game Dischord; The Weather Channel app; and ZeptoLab’s optimized Cut the Rope, a top casual game app.

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    Wonder if it would work with MPS2012 for metro, might buy a suite full if so.

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    Google have added Leap Motion support to Google Earth...



    HP are also going to fully integrate the Leap Motion controller into some of their laptops...


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    I was looking forward to getting mine next month.

    Leap Motion delays planned May launch to July 22nd « The Verge

    Leap Motion announced today that it will be delaying the launch of its gesture control device to July 22nd, pushed back from a slated launch date of May 13th. The stated reason for the delay was to allow for a new round of beta testing. Leap Motion CEO Michael Buckwald said the new round would begin the first week of June, and include both developers and non-developers. The company stressed the delay does not concern the hardware device, and will not affect the 600,000 units already produced. Instead, the beta test will focus on improving the software user experience.

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