Sensitive enough to track individual fingertips and just 70 bucks
Leap Motion today announced the Leap, the world's most accurate 3-D motion control device. The Leap is 200 times more sensitive than existing technologies and will cost a fraction of the price at just $69.99. Open today for pre-orders, the Leap will begin shipping this winter. Leap Motion also has begun accepting requests for free developer kits. Thousands will be provided in the coming months, enabling developers to create a wide array of Leap-based applications.
The Leap generates a three-dimensional interaction space of 4 cubic feet to control a computer more precisely and quickly than a mouse or touchscreen, yet as reliably as a keyboard. Leap Motion's patented software represents four years of research and a series of major mathematical breakthroughs via co-founder and CTO David Holz.
Accurate to within 1/100 of a millimeter, The Leap boasts the precision level required for touch-free natural gesture controls like pinch-to-zoom. The Leap addresses the shortcomings of most human/computer interaction tools by enabling a 3-D workspace which recognizes intuitive gestures. It’s the first product in history to accurately sense the individual movements of all 10 fingers, while also tracking objects such as pens.
"It was this gap between what's easy in the real world but very complicated to do digitally, like molding a piece of clay or creating a 3-D model, that inspired us to create the Leap and fundamentally change how people work with their computers," said Leap Motion CEO and co-founder Michael Buckwald.
"In addition to the Leap for computers, our core software is versatile enough to be embedded in a wide range of devices, including smartphones, tablets, cars and refrigerators. One day 3-D motion control will be in just about every device we interact with, and thanks to the Leap, that day is coming sooner than anyone expected."