Yesterday, it was all analog with a mechanical mouse and keyboard. Today, we have touch interfaces on everything. But with motion-sensing controls gaining popularity thanks to Microsoft’s Kinect interface, we’re getting close to that awesome point where we just move our hands in the air to accurately control our computers, Tony Stark-style. LEAP Technology has introduced the LEAP, a device that’ll let you control your computer using hand motions.
It’s basically a compact iPod-sized box that sits in front of your computer, capable of tracking your hand and finger motions in 3D down to 1/100th of a millimeter. Capable of working on Windows 7/8 PCs and Macs running on OS X, the LEAP comes with a number of pre-set motions and gestures, as well as a function that’ll let you create your own gestures.
What would you do with such a device? Check out the video below to find out.
The stuff shown in the intro video isn’t all that can be done with it. According to LEAP’s FAQ, devs can get a free SDK (and a free LEAP device) for creating other functions using the technology. Judging by the accuracy it provides, we’re hoping someone comes up with a way to replace the Kinect’s sensors with this. Or at least an easier way to nail down those nifty dribble moves on NBA 2k12 using hand gestures. Our thumbs are getting tired.
The real-time speed and accuracy it provides is pretty amazing, but what we love the most about it is the price. It’s currently up for pre-order on LEAP Motion’s site for $70.