Latest Leap Motion video shows fingers in the air interacting with Windows 8

The Leap Motion gesture add-on may still be a couple of months away from its launch but today, the company behind the PC add-on device, Leap Motion, released a new video showing how it can be used to interact with Windows 8.

The video, posted on YouTube, shows how the device, when hooked up to a PC, can allow a user to just move their fingers in the air to accomplish tasks such as scrolling through web pages, moving around Windows 8 Start screen titles, clicking on links and even drawing in art programs.

In a new post on the Leap Motion blog, the company stated:

With Leap Motion technology and Windows, you can do everything that’s possible with multi-touch inputs — without actually touching anything. This also means that existing applications in Windows 7 and 8 will respond to your natural hand and finger movements.

One week ago today, May 13th, was supposed to be the day people who pre-ordered the Leap were to receive their units. However a few weeks ago, Leap Motion decided to hold off on shipping the Leap device until July 22nd to do more testing. The plan now is to have some kind of beta test in June for its registered developers and a select number of people who pre-ordered the Leap. Those orders are still being taken for $79.99.

Source: Leap Motion

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The only downside is you have to be like 2 ft away from the display, the good side? You can make any display into a "touch" screen for a cheap 80$ with no hardcore installation required.

Ian William said,
That's great and all, but do you have anything new / interesting for desktop users, Microsoft?

This article is about a Leap Motion device, not Microsoft.

Ian William said,

I'm sorry, Mikeffer.

No problem, was a bit confused by what you wrote and wasn't sure if you were aware.
Maybe the article should be updated with a 'Leap Montion' logo rather than a Win 8 one.

I think the application for this tech would be best suited in the living room. There are already a few HDTVs that can detect gestures; however, you are still stuck with their limited OS. I could definitely see this being useful when running Win 8 from the comfort of a living room couch. I could see HDTVs in a home network throughout a house using these devices.

The signature piece of the film was cool - but I don't see it being used in real business apps. Pressure points are collected in business apps that record signatures.

I'm still dying to get my hands on this as I do numerous application demos/classes.

Yeah, that looks pretty cool. I wouldn't use it for several of the shown scenarios, but I would use it for swiping through pics, and definitely playing with maps!

I have a 10 point touch screen at home. I use it for things like going to the metro start screen going through pics and things like that.

It also rocks with metro apps when you want to check the weather or email quickly without sitting down. I imagine this will be similar. great as a compliment but not for all the time use.

Just another confirmation that Windows-8 is for tablets or other touch-centric devices. The rest of us will continue to use and be productive with Windows-7.

I fail to see how another input method that happens to support all version of Windows, OSX and Linux in anyway confirms Windows 8 as being touch centric nor do I think it provides you with any argument for being able to be more productive on Windows 7...

TsarNikky said,
Just another confirmation that Windows-8 is for tablets or other touch-centric devices. The rest of us will continue to use and be productive with Windows-7.

Don't feel bad. Some people just aren't smart enough to use 8.

TsarNikky said,
Just another confirmation that Windows-8 is for tablets or other touch-centric devices. The rest of us will continue to use and be productive with Windows-7.

So much potential here with this, and you're just going to write it off as a toy?

hagjohn said,

Don't feel bad. Some people just aren't smart enough to use 8.

Why is this most common reply here? I have a Masters Degree and still think Windows 8 UI is total garbage. In my graduate class, the Professor with two Masters thinks Windows 8 is garbage all around. What's your point?

JHBrown said,
Why is this most common reply here? I have a Masters Degree and still think Windows 8 UI is total garbage. In my graduate class, the Professor with two Masters thinks Windows 8 is garbage all around. What's your point?

LOL having a degree doesn't mean you are a smart person at all. In fact, the smartest people didn't go to college (Bill Gates, John Carmack, Steve Jobs, etc). Besides, people trash Windows 8 out of ignorance. Once you spend some time learning it, you'll see it is an excellent operating system.

MeowPurr said,

LOL having a degree doesn't mean you are a smart person at all. In fact, the smartest people didn't go to college (Bill Gates, John Carmack, Steve Jobs, etc). Besides, people trash Windows 8 out of ignorance. Once you spend some time learning it, you'll see it is an excellent operating system.
My response was directed to the member about an ignorant comment. He stated people are stupid because they don't want to learn Windows 8. I gave him a personal example of how his comment was just plain stupid. We all know that a college degree doesn't mean anything. But a professor who has taught engineering and computer science for 23 years is far from stupid. Lets read people before we reply with a smart ass comment!

JHBrown said,
My response was directed to the member about an ignorant comment. He stated people are stupid because they don't want to learn Windows 8. I gave him a personal example of how his comment was just plain stupid. We all know that a college degree doesn't mean anything. But a professor who has taught engineering and computer science for 23 years is far from stupid. Lets read people before we reply with a smart ass comment!

Well, that makes a lot of sense. Older people have lots of trouble adapting to new technology. That's why Windows 8 has much higher adoption rates within younger demographics (Steam).

I can imagine this technology built into a mouse. Whenever your hand is on the mouse, the sensor is disabled. Lift your hand over the mouse, and suddenly it's tracking your fingers. Would enable some quick and easy gestures while avoiding all the claims of "Gorilla arm" (which I think is bogus, as someone who has worked standing in front of and interacting with a vertical surface for hours a day)

ModernMech said,
I can imagine this technology built into a mouse. Whenever your hand is on the mouse, the sensor is disabled. Lift your hand over the mouse, and suddenly it's tracking your fingers. Would enable some quick and easy gestures while avoiding all the claims of "Gorilla arm" (which I think is bogus, as someone who has worked standing in front of and interacting with a vertical surface for hours a day)

I interact with touchscreens all the time. I also move and lift my arms multiple times a day. They're still very much attached, and in working order. This "gorilla arm" stuff is just nonsense. Everyone acts as if you HAVE to have your arms always up, and can never rest them.

Dot Matrix said,

I interact with touchscreens all the time. I also move and lift my arms multiple times a day. They're still very much attached, and in working order. This "gorilla arm" stuff is just nonsense. Everyone acts as if you HAVE to have your arms always up, and can never rest them.

It must be a personal thing, i don't have a touch screen in my office but i've acted out the process of poking and swiping my current screen (which must have confused people) and i just don't like having to lean forward and hover over the desk to do it. Infact, i would imagine i'd suffer a fair amount of RSI from trying. However as with everything, it's probably something you'd get used to.

But this is also why the technology in this article excites me!

It's technology like this, that Windows 8 was made for. Very cool. Maybe one day, this technology will be standard in all devices?

First off Windows 8 was never meant for this nor close to it. Expect Windows 13 -20 made for something like this. Meh.. Technology would be doom if you were ever in charge of it.

freak180 said,
First off Windows 8 was never meant for this nor close to it. Expect Windows 13 -20 made for something like this. Meh.. Technology would be doom if you were ever in charge of it.

Windows 8 is a very much a forward looking OS. The OS was made for tech like this. I can't imagine using this or touch on the classic desktop.

Edited by Dot Matrix, May 20 2013, 11:17pm :

First of all touch is basically the new standard for laptops. It took them how many years for that to happen. Now for something like that displayed in that video could take up to 4 -6 years to become the new standard. By then Windows 8 would be considered a legacy OS.

New standard? That all depends on how one wants to use their laptop. Maybe for "fun," but hardly for any kind of serious content creation or traditional office setting situations.

freak180 said,
First of all touch is basically the new standard for laptops. It took them how many years for that to happen. Now for something like that displayed in that video could take up to 4 -6 years to become the new standard. By then Windows 8 would be considered a legacy OS.

You don't think Metro will be carried on into Windows 9?

TsarNikky said,
New standard? That all depends on how one wants to use their laptop. Maybe for "fun," but hardly for any kind of serious content creation or traditional office setting situations.

They said the same thing about the mouse. Business laughed at it when it was introduced.

This is effectively touch for a desktop PC where you can't reach the screen. I hate when everyone makes generalization about input interfaces because this is all about input synergy. I love being able to touch and use a mouse and keyboard. It would be 100x better to have this and voice control also. All this stuff can be additive and really give you an understanding of what next generation system can really become.

For once I'm inclined to agree with Dot Matrix, the Modern interface is well suited to input types like this.

Like touch, I wouldn't want to use it on a PC or a laptop, but controlling a HTPC with this thing would be great.

Dot Matrix said,

They said the same thing about the mouse. Business laughed at it when it was introduced.


True, people said that keyboard shortcuts were faster.... /S

Fritzly said,

True, people said that keyboard shortcuts were faster.... /S

Why the /s, when what you said is true? Businesses laughed at the mouse and GUI for years, before adapting it. Not sure why they did, because personally, I wouldn't wish a CLI on my worst enemy.

Dot Matrix said,
It's technology like this, that Windows 8 was made for. Very cool. Maybe one day, this technology will be standard in all devices?

Might not have been made for this precise piece of technology but Windows 8 was definitely redesigned with NUI technologies in mind. With a particular emphasis on touch that cannot be denied, but without this emphasis, technology like this would not be as effective at controlling the OS.

Dot Matrix said,
I wouldn't wish a CLI on my worst enemy.

Wish it on your admin, if you want him to get work doneā€¦

Dot Matrix said,
It's technology like this, that Windows 8 was made for. Very cool. Maybe one day, this technology will be standard in all devices?

Spot on. I'd love to make use of this tech, the amount of times i've been at my desk all day and as the days nearing end and i'm showing presentational pieces to clients or similar and i could just sit back in my chair and flick through things with my fingers in the air rather than have to use the mouse/keyboard or have to lean forward and smudge up my screen while getting a crick in my back. The perfect addition to touch for desktop computers where actually touching the screen is harder than normal.