Leap Motion aims to outperform Kinect on PC and Mac

A newly revealed company called Leap Motion has just announced plans to release a hardware add-on for the PC and Mac that it claims will change the way we interact with our desktops and laptops. It's a motion sensing interface device that the company claims is "200 times more accurate than anything else on the market." That is a rather big salvo against Microsoft, which has already launched the Kinect for Windows add-on.

As you can see in the Leap video demo, the device itself is very small. However, it can apparently allow people to interact with PC and Mac programs and games with just the motion of the finger, compared to the wide and large arm and hand motions needed for the Kinect. It can even be used with a pencil to "write" on a PC program.

Leap Motion also claims that users of the device will be able to customize specific gestures for specific programs. The USB-based hardware can even be linked with more that one Leap device to create larger areas to interact with the PC.

The company isn't saying much about how they were able to create this kind of software and technology, saying only that it has been working for the past four years "using a patented mathematical approach to 3D, touch-free motion sensing and motion control software."

Leap Motion is actually taking a limited number of pre-orders for the device, which it plans to sell for just $69.99. It aims to release the Leap sometime this Winter and it is also offering to send software developers a free SDK to get them to support the Leap.

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Pre-ordered.
You can cancel any time and your cc isn't billed until they actually ship it.

Will adore it in Aperture and some other applications and games! ^^

GS:ios

Wow, that looks much better than Kinect. Smaller more discreet hardware, more accurate with less severe body movements, plus its cross platform. Cant wait.

It's not really the same as kinect from the video, it does seem better for interaction with a desktop computer though, certainly tempting.

Ricardo Dawkins said,
in 2013, we will be waiting two brand new consoles with motion controllers.

XBOX 720 with Kinect build in and XBOX 720 with possibility to Buy Kinect

Thats two.

Two things...

Looks like a very small sensor, you have to be close to the screen.

I can't wait to hold my hand like a gun and fire. My thumb the hammer.

ccoltmanm said,
Two things...

Looks like a very small sensor, you have to be close to the screen.

I can't wait to hold my hand like a gun and fire. My thumb the hammer.

That's probably the point. This may be targeting more direct PC interactivity where as Kinect had initially targeted group interactivity requiring a farther point of focus.

MiukuMac said,
Kinect was FAR from being the first.

Never said it was, but the interface, techniques and general technology behind it are what's being primarily copied.