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February 27, 2013

Leap Motion today announced that its 3D gesture sensor will ship in May

Leap Motion today announced that its 3D gesture sensor will ship in May

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It may not quite have the hype of Google Glass, Apple’s rumored iWatch, or the Galaxy S IV, but Leap Motion may be one of the most exciting technology products of 2013. The small sensor that lets you control your computer with mid-air 3D gestures now has a ship date – along with its own app store.

Leap Motion today announced that the device’s release date will be two-fold. Pre-order units will begin shipping globally on May 13, and its U.S. retail launch – exclusively at Best Buy – will follow on May 19. Leap will prioritize pre-order shipments by order date.

The device – previously available for US$69.99 pre-orders – will now retail for $79.99. The new price is effective for additional pre-orders starting today.

Airspace

Early hands-ons have lauded Leap's level of precision

Leap will work out-of-the-box with recent versions of Windows and Mac OS X, and can - in some cases - provide input for existing apps. But, for maximum compatibility, developers will need to get on board. Customers will also need an easy to way to find Leap-friendly apps.

Leap’s answer? Its own app store, dubbed Airspace. Leap says that the storefront will include a wide variety of applications, from gaming to productivity, education to art.

Already-announced apps include Cut the Rope, Autodesk plugins, and Corel Painter apps. A Wreck-it-Ralph racing game, the Weather Channel, and Double Fine’s music game Dischord round out the early Airspace list.

Developers interested in getting on board can sign up at Leap's website below.

Competition?

2013 is shaping up to be a big year for 3D gesture control technology. Along with Leap, Microsoft is expected to announce a next-gen Kinect along with the next Xbox, and Thalmic Labs’ MYO performs a similar function with an armband. We even speculated that Apple’s iWatch might open the door to Mac, iPad, and Apple TV gesture control.

It will be interesting to see if one product becomes the industry standard, or if the 3D gesture control market gets its own iOS/Android type of dichotomy.

You can check out Leap’s promo video below.

Source: Leap Motion



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5 Comments

I'm not sure this is really so hot. I see it as just a niche thing similar to touch screens for the desktop.

The simple fact is that why controlling things by simply moving ones hand around in free air sounds like a dream come true there is a catch and that is gravity. Unless ones arm is supported somehow the lifting and holding and pointing in free air requires real effort if one is to do it more than a few moments at a time. Just for the experiment try pretending holding out an arm like when driving and then do that while considering what you think of Leap Motion.

BZD
27th February, 2013 @ 09:43 am PST

@BZD - I bet you lift your remote every time you change channel already?

3D is creeping into society, and mobile is already here, with augmented reality fighting to arrive as well. All of this tech is cumbersome or impossible to drive with a mouse/keyboard.

christopher
27th February, 2013 @ 04:59 pm PST

Pleased as punch. Got mine on Kickstarter to go with my non-touch screen Win8 Laptop.

Phoghat
28th February, 2013 @ 05:42 am PST

@christopher Sure I lift and point with the remote at times but the programing here isn't so bad I keep flipping channels uninterrupted for hours. Thus when working the computer the mouse or pen is much better. And if I'm on the computer via the big screen I prefer the blue tooth keyboard with it's track point, having just a pointing device is simply to limited.

BZD
28th February, 2013 @ 01:35 pm PST

At first I thought it was Logitech Cube mouse!!

phissith
28th February, 2013 @ 03:54 pm PST
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