Less than three weeks before the highly anticipated Leap motion gesture hardware add-on device for Windows and Mac PCs was supposed to ship to the people who pre-ordered it, its creators at Leap Motion have announced that the launch has been pushed back by over two months.
CNET reports that Leap Motion will now start shipping the Leap to pre-orders on July 22nd, rather than its previous target date of May 13th. In a conference call, Leap Motion CEO Michael Buckwald claimed that the company could have started shipping the $79.99 add-on on time to its pre-order customers, but it now feels that more time is needed to test the Leap before it is officially released.
Leap Motion will start a beta testing program sometime in early June, which will allow developers who have been using the Leap SDK access to the final product. Leap Motion will also invite a few non-developers to take part in the beta test.
Buckwald claims that Leap Motion has a whopping 600,000 units of the Leap ready to go right now, but added, "Ultimately, the only way we felt 100% confident we could deliver a truly magical product that would do justice to this new form of interaction, was to push the date so we would have more time for a larger, more diverse beta test."
Source: CNET | Image via Leap Motion