LEAP Motion: The Next Step in Motion-Control Technology
After iPhone’s first multi-touch screen and after Kinect’s breakthrough in gesture-tracking controls there’s another player in town which promises to bring its predecessors to their knees: Leap Motion. Unheard until a few days ago, this start-up from San Francisco wants to bring the two above ideas together into an almost perfect technology.
The company just announced their 3D motion-control gadget, called The Leap, which will be “more reliable than a mouse, as reliable as a keyboard and more sensitive than a touchscreen”. What kind of sorcery is that? It is apparently the result of many years of mathematical research carried out by its CTO, David Holz, who might well be something of a math genius.
All his hard work gave birth to a piece of hardware that is 200 times more accurate than anything else on the market (according to Leap Motion) and can distinguish between your fingers and even track their movements down to 1/100th of a millimetre. This means that everything you do on your smartphone like pinch-to-zoom, multiple touch rotation or drag and drop controls could be done in thin air hundreds of times better and more precise. Eat dust Kinect!
Reportedly being the size of an iPod, the Leap will work via an USB port using the software provided. And with an initial cost of only $70, we don’t know how much time you have to grab one Leap Motion’s limited pre-orders which should reach you by the end of the year. This is definitely something to put on your Christmas list especially if Google’s special ring-controller might take a while to become reality.