Shipments of Leap motion gesture add-on for PC start this week

It was announced over a year ago as a new way to interact with a PC via a motion gesture capture add-on that its inventors claimed was "200 times more accurate than anything else on the market". This week, Leap Motion announced that the long awaited Leap device will finally start shipping to its pre-order customers later this week.

In a blog post, Leap Motion said the plan is to start authorizing the credit cards for people who have already pre-ordered the $79.99 Leap device this week. After that, the company will send a shipping confirmation and delivery of the first Leap product should arrive for those customers on Monday, July 22nd.

There was apparently a small hitch in the credit card authorization process as some customers who bought more than one Leap device were actually charged more than what their actual total should be. Leap Motion states they are working to correct the problem, adding, "No one will be charged for more than the correct amount, and your credit card details are safe."

The company has already shown off how the Leap device works on a Windows 8 PC in a recent video, demonstrating how a user can just move their fingers in the air to scroll through web pages, interact with the Windows 8 Start screen and more. Best Buy is also supposed to start selling the Leap add-on but there's no word yet on an exact date for its appearances in Best Buy's stores.

Source: Leap Motion | Image via Leap Motion

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This sucks. You need to download some setup files on the Leap site https://www.leapmotion.com/setup but it won't be active until 7/22. I spoke to Tech Support and they told me that they are still tweaking the software and something called Airspace (cloud thing?) The Tech said he will look into possibly allowing me to get what I need to get this things working but I probably will have to wait until 7/22. Talk about cruel and unusual punishment.

What a surprise! My Leap just arrived in the mail after pre-ordering almost a year ago. Time to play around with it. I'll be back later to answer any questions you have.

I've been on pre-order since they first started taking them, and they finally ran the charge through today.. I am looking forward to getting mine soon.

I do not know if it is a native touch interface win 8 device or not, it has its own API for programming, but all the demos seem to show it working with the standard win 8 interface just like touch UIs do. We'll know soon!

Does anyone know if they are providing a true 'touch class' driver for Windows 8? Or is it just a HID driver that simulates touch points?

*Crossing fingers it is a touch class driver*

primexx said,
They have to cert it for win 8 for it to work' hopefully that means it'll be a proper one?

Maybe, but generic HID variations are also certified.

Mine is already on preorder through Amazon with a due date early August. I'm really looking forward to trying this out on Windows 8.1 and touch-optimised games on Steam (e.g. Crayon Physics Deluxe, Scribblenauts, Civilization 5). In fact I'll probably do a mini-review if anyone is interested.

Been looking at this for a while. Would be great for those who use Windows 8 on a non touch interface.

Also smaller and cheaper than Kinect.

It works pretty well, but it has quite a narrow field of use. From my own experience, if your move your hand out of the sensor's quite narrow field of view too much it doesn't work well, so you'll need to be well aware of your hand's position when making gestures.

Can't decide if I'd actually use this. Seems like it would be cool, but then again it seems like that coolness would wear off quickly unless there was serious benefit to waving around your hands.

Does anybody know if it supports multiple monitors?

MrHumpty said,
Can't decide if I'd actually use this. Seems like it would be cool, but then again it seems like that coolness would wear off quickly unless there was serious benefit to waving around your hands.

I feel the same way about it. I was tempted to get it after watching their Windows 8 demonstration before, but I can't really swallow the £70 price tag over here. Maybe when it's about half that, I'll get one.

MightyJordan said,
I feel the same way about it. I was tempted to get it after watching their Windows 8 demonstration before, but I can't really swallow the £70 price tag over here. Maybe when it's about half that, I'll get one.
I have no doubt the UX would be different from that video.

You have to imagine some calibration must exist to have any accuracy. Your perception of whether or not you're "clicking" a link, for example, is from your perspective. For the UX to be amazing they'd have to have a way to fix the change in perspective. I sit in many different positions at my desk and have 4 monitors (2 on either side and two stacked in the middle). If it *only* works on one monitor that's cool I guess. But I can't imagine accuracy would be what's shown in the video.

cybertimber2008 said,
The software supports it, but you need one leap motion per monitor.
K, kinda what I was going to assume. Thx for the info.

MrHumpty said,
Can't decide if I'd actually use this. Seems like it would be cool, but then again it seems like that coolness would wear off quickly unless there was serious benefit to waving around your hands.

Does anybody know if it supports multiple monitors?

I reckon this will be great to supplement other sorts of inputs, particularly on desktop publishing and cad/cam. the ability to rotate 3d objects looks promising.

pmdci said,
I reckon this will be great to supplement other sorts of inputs, particularly on desktop publishing and cad/cam. the ability to rotate 3d objects looks promising.
I see the same utility, but I wonder about mass adoption/need/UX. For me 3d manipulation would be for fun but nothing else. I'm excited to see what this type of input could mean when put out into the market.

Not necessarily. I specifically asked them about this when I pre ordered. You can do multimon with just one but it also supports multiple sensors which obviously covers a larger area.

primexx said,
Not necessarily. I specifically asked them about this when I pre ordered. You can do multimon with just one but it also supports multiple sensors which obviously covers a larger area.
That would be great news. I'm just going to be waiting a bit to see what shows up. I'd love to have one to augment my input to my workstation.

MrHumpty said,
Does anybody know if it supports multiple monitors?

From what I understand, yes, but if you get to 3 monitors, they recommend at least 2 units to track it all.

MrHumpty said,
Can't decide if I'd actually use this. Seems like it would be cool, but then again it seems like that coolness would wear off quickly unless there was serious benefit to waving around your hands.

Does anybody know if it supports multiple monitors?

very true, but still much better idea then touch screen monitor.

nekrosoft13 said,
very true, but still much better idea then touch screen monitor.
It's a matter of precision to me. I don't subscribe to the fanclub of touchscreen monitors are dumb. I spend enough time with my Surface that I find myself reaching up and touching my monitors on my workstation at work. Some people have their monitors closer than others so for me its just a matter of reaching a few inches past my function keys to touch my monitor... sure I'd do it if I could in some cases. For those who have monitors far away, I'm sure, if their monitors were touchscreens they'd be pulling them closer.

In the end I'd love to have options, but they have to be viable... accuracy will be the determining factor for me. If I can't know with a high level of confidence when I go to poke that link in thin air that it's gonna hit that link, I'm just going to use my mouse.

I think the tech is cool. I just hope usability exists to make me want to get one. I have full confidence that the market of developers out there will draw me in with their cool ideas.