Leap: The future of motion control?

👤by Craig Farren Comments 📅08.08.2012 06:33:04

As far as interesting technology goes, this is right up there. Leap is an entirely new interface for interacting with your computer.

Its more accurate than a mouse, as reliable as a keyboard and more sensitive than a touchscreen. For the first time, you can control a computer in three dimensions with your natural hand and finger movements.

This isnt a game system that roughly maps your hand movements. The Leap technology is 200 times more accurate than anything else on the market at any price point. Just about the size of a flash drive, the Leap can distinguish your individual fingers and track your movements down to a 1/100th of a millimeter.

The Leap Motion control system looks to be very impressive and is estimated to cost around $70 and is set for launch in February 2013 according to eurogamer. Check out the video below!

One of the big questions is how this will be used towards gaming.

As far as gaming markets go, there are about 23,000 developers across a multitude of industries that have applied to develop for Leap, about 15 per cent of those are aiming to develop games. This comes to 3450. Of that, he estimates half are interested in building games from the ground up, while the others are planning to adapt current titles.

This kind of technology is very exciting and usually brings our minds back to that classic scene in Minority Report. I am personally more interested in this technology from an everyday computer use perspective as opposed to gaming but if Leap is as accurate as it says than a whole world of possibilities could be opened.

What are your impressions of Leap? Discuss it in our forums.

Source: www.eurogamer.net, live.leapmotion.com

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