Leap Motion Controller


Imagine controlling your computer with hand gestures similar to Kinect. Now imagine that same input, but 200 times more accurate. That’s the Leap Motion Controller — a tiny aluminum bar that plugs into a Mac or PC and creates a depth field that uses infrared sensors to track hand gesture movements. If you’re thinking “Hey, that sounds like the technology used in the movie Minority Report”, then you’ve got the right idea. You can say it’s kind of like that.

Right now, the accompanying app store called Airspace includes over 75 apps for Windows and Mac, which is still relatively small. But it should grow when developers start programming for the Leap Motion Controller.

Keep in mind the following system requirements needed to run Leap:

  • Mac OS X 10.8 (Lion) or Windows 7 or 8
  • Intel Core i3 processor or AMD Phenom II processor or higher
  • 2GB of RAM
  • USB 2.0 port
  • Internet connecton

It’s difficult to convey the Leap Motion Controller’s purpose in still photos, so just watch the video below. It’ll all make more sense:

Is the Leap Motion Controller a mouse and keyboard replacement? Not exactly, but it is a neat gadget that shows what the future of controlling computers might look like.

Price: $80
Source: Leap Motion