Leap motion gesture add-on software drivers released

Last week, we reported that some people who had pre-ordered the long awaited Leap motion gesture add-on device had received their shipments. However, they could not actually use the product because the company behind the add-on, Leap Motion, had not released the final software drivers.

This morning, Leap Motion finally made the software driver download page live for Windows and Mac users, allowing anyone who has already purchased and received the device to finally use it. In a press release, Leap Motion said it has shipped "hundreds of thousands" of the $79.99 Leap add-on to customers. The Leap will go on sale July 28th at Best Buy stores. UK customers can order the Leap via Amazon.co.uk.

The Leap device requires a PC to have Mac OS X 10.7 or 10.8, or Windows 7 or 8, installed. In terms of hardware, the minimal specs are a Intel Core i3 or AMD Phenom II processor, 2 GB RAM and a USB 2.0 port.

In addition to the software drivers, Leap owners can now check out Airspace, an online store for apps made just for the Leap. The number of apps in the store is pretty small at the moment with just over 75 programs currently available. It will be interesting to see if the Leap will turn out to be a fad, or cool toy to occasionally play with, or if it turns out to be a serious contender for replacement instead of the normal mouse-keyboard or touchscreen methods.

Source: Leap Motion | Image via Leap Motion

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Sraf said,
Does it have to? I want one to use as a supplement to my KB and mouse

Was thinking about this earlier. The mouse was interesting because, while it theoretically can replace a keyboard, it works best when used in combination with one. But I haven't seen any motion or touch device that makes sense used with something else.

That is, I can't picture one hand on a keyboard, one hand on a touchscreen. Or one on a mouse, one gesturing in the air. And so on. I think that's an interesting minimum requirement for new input methods: must be possible to use simultaneously with an existing one.

CygnusOrion said,
Remains to be seen if it can replace the mouse/trackpad.

why would you want to replace mouse, this certainly will not be as accurate as a mouse. only thing that it will do is make touchscreen thing of a past. no longer will you have a screen full of smudges.

Can't wait to get home and install the software for mine. I got it Saturday but was disappointed to see no software release yet after I plugged it in.

I got mine today and have been playing with it for a bit. It's a neat toy, but don't expect any serious use out of it or you will be quite disappointed. At this time it's basically a collection of neat tech demos.

hagjohn said,
Did you download "touchless for windows" from the store?

Yeah. But the way it controls... Imagine a backwards joystick at the center of your monitor. I'm sure some developers could figure out cool uses for this thing - but it is NOT for precision control.

I will say though - It's neat just to move around the dot with your finger.

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