Leap Motion gets over 26,000 requests for dev units

Leap Motion surprised many people in the tech world with its reveal of the Leap in May. The PC and Mac motion sensing add-on device is supposed to be, in the company's own words, "200 times more accurate than anything else on the market." Neowin conducted an interview with Leap Motion's CEO Michael Buckwald in June.

Today, Leap Motion announced that since their first Leap announcement, it has received over 26,000 applications from developers to receive the free Leap SDK hardware and software. That includes over 1,500 applications from researchers and students. 42 percent of the applications have come from the US.

As one might expect, the biggest category for people interested in making Leap supported apps is for games, coming in at 14 percent. 12 percent of Leap applications are for music and video software, while 11 percent are for art and design apps.

Leap Motion plans to sell Leap-based apps though their own online Leap Store. In an email sent to Neowin today, the company said that over 90 percent of the developers who have applied for a Leap SDK want to sell their apps via the Leap Store.

App creators can still apply for a free Leap SDK at the company's website. Developer units will be sent out in the next few months. Leap Motion plans to start shipping the Leap add-on to the general public in early 2013 for $70.

Source: Leap Motion website | Image via Leap Motion

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MS should swallow these guys up before they get bought up by Apple or even Google... That would allow this technology to be integrated into heaps of there products and they would license it out to partners!

I don't like the constant comparison to Kinect for Windows. They're used for different purposes and I can see having both. Kinect is both voice and motion, and can be used across the room. I'd rather the Kinect, especially if I can sit on the couch and control my computer by lifting a finger.

siah1214 said,
I don't like the constant comparison to Kinect for Windows. They're used for different purposes and I can see having both. Kinect is both voice and motion, and can be used across the room. I'd rather the Kinect, especially if I can sit on the couch and control my computer by lifting a finger.

I think it would complement and boost the use of Kinect in both Windows and Xbox, it would mean all bases are covered - which seems to be something Microsoft is doubling down on these days

Still surprised that Microsoft haven't bought these guys, even if it's just to keep their work and patents out of the hands of others with big wallets (Apple, Google etc)

Pygmy_Hippo said,
Still surprised that Microsoft haven't bought these guys, even if it's just to keep their work and patents out of the hands of others with big wallets (Apple, Google etc)

I actually try to contact MS entertainment divsion, without any luck, to look into these guys. This would make kinect so much more accurate and would work wonders with W8 on a non touch screen.

I really like the idea of this device and will be getting one. Hopefully it will work as advertised.

gullygod said,

I actually try to contact MS entertainment divsion, without any luck, to look into these guys. This would make kinect so much more accurate and would work wonders with W8 on a non touch screen.

I really like the idea of this device and will be getting one. Hopefully it will work as advertised.

Maybe we should all start harassing Major Nelson on Twitter? I can't imagine they'd cost too much at this point and would certainly help with a Kinect 2.0 device baked into all MS hardware (Durango, WP8, Surface etc) that works at all distances