I just got my Leap Motion and set it up, so I thought I'd write off a quick review. (Picture Heavy, Warning)
I'll start off with a few quick unboxing photos because some folks like to see this sort of thing. Nothing extensive however. (Apologies for the differing aspect ratios, I cropped them all)
First up is the box itself, the usual plain, white affair with a picture of the product on the front, common for most gadgets these days.
Inside the box was the device itself, 2 USB Cables (1 short, 1 Long)
Here is currently where I have the device set up.
Once you plug the device in, nothing happens, no driver install. You are however promoted to go to http://www.leapmotion.com/setup to install the drivers and Software.
After you install the software you are treated to a lovely visual setup, it shows you what the device can see, represented by a slick demo with great visuals, you have to put your hands over the device and wave them around, displacing the floating orbs, and leaving a visual trail from each detected fingertip. Using this demo you can position the device where it can easily detect your hands.
Once you set up the device, you are shown your Apps, a handful will begin to download and install automatically.
From here you will notice that the device doesn't function inside the Windows environment. What you are required to do is go to the Leap Motion App Store and download an experimental app called Touchless for Windows. This is where the disappointment sets in, while the Sensor works great inside of apps that are designed for it, this experimental app is very "Hit & Miss" when it comes to detecting things. There are 2 distinct "zones" infront of the sensor. The 'Hover' Zone, where it detects movement, but wont detect it as a 'Touch' where it would act as a left click with the Mouse. When navigating using your finger in the desktop environment, the sensor will quite often lose track of your fingertip and get confused as to where it is, resulting in it rapidly going from the 'hover' zone to the 'touch' zone and back rapidly. Sometimes it'll work brilliantly for several minutes and then it'll have a techno-tantrum. Which is odd because inside of the Leap Motion apps it performs flawlessly, I never had a single hiccup, sadly most of them are overpriced games or tech demos. To test it inside of Windows 8 I downloaded Fruit Ninja and Cut the Rope from the App Store, Leap Motion worked rather well inside of Metro Apps, not quite as slick as inside Leap Apps, but better than trying to use it on the desktop. Inside the Start Screen it was a breeze too, a quick flick up with your fingers to get the "All Apps" Screen from the bottom to fly up, tiles are big enough to easily select them. I had no issues accessing the Metro controls at the screen sides using leap motion either. Inside Windows 8 it basically emulates the Touch Screen. I saw it plugged into my friends iMac, and he was able to use gestures up to five fingers for the purposes of scrolling between fullscreen apps.
Reviews for Touchless Windows aren't favourable either, with an average of 2 Stars out of 5. Most negative reviews citing the same broken features, obviously as a version one product there are bound to be some bugs, and the app is listed in the 'EXPERIMENTAL' section so I believe these'll be ironed out in the near future.
It's a device that shows great promise, is it going to replace the Keyboard and mouse? No. Can it complement them? Absolutely. I enjoyed playing Fruit Ninja and other Metro Apps without a Mouse, also used a painting app from the App Store and unleashed my inner 6 year old for a happy half-hour. I'm sure it's only going to improve software-wise so I'm going to keep a hold of it.