Published On: Tue, May 22nd, 2012

Leap Motion : Gesture technology at its best

Unbelievable technology. Straight out of fiction, but far better. And simpler.

This is what comes to mind after watching the video of Leap motion, a revolutionary new piece of technology created by two childhood friends Michael and Dave.

To put it simply, Leap Motion consists of a flash drive sized sensor that gets connected to your desktop and sits in front of the monitor. Once installed and ready,  it ‘senses’ ‘ the finest movements of your fingers in the space above it and evokes highly accurate responses on the screen.

According to the official website, “..this isn’t 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”

This is gesture technology at its best.

The technology, in some ways, is similar to that of Microsoft’s Kinect, yet different in many other. Unlike Kinect, apart from having a tiny sensor, Leap Motion can identify the tiniest movements of each finger. The hand and finger gestures can then be used in many ways to ‘control’ the computer in a highly intuitive way.

The applications of such a technology are immense and may one day lead to the extinction of the present day computer mouse. Moreover, in all possiblilty, this is the kind of technology that will eventually be embedded in all future computer and hand held devices.

Apart from being extremely  useful in a day-to-day life, many professions and specialities including medicine, education,  art, engineering and gaming are bound to be benefit from it.

The device is available for preorder on the official website for $69.99.

The video below shows reveals the true potential of the technology.




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