We've been tracking the Leap Motion for a very long time now. We even got to play with a prototype last year, and we walked away floored by its potential. After a delay and announcements from PC partners, retailers and developers pledging support for the gesture control system that is "200 times more accurate than anything else on the market," the Leap Motion will finally hit stores on July 28.
For those living under a rock, the Leap Motion Controller is a $79.99 peripheral that's slightly larger than a typical USB drive. Users simply wave their hands and fingers directly above it to activate different gestures. As evidenced by this video, and this video, and this video here, the Leap Motion Controller is in a single word: awesome.
Based on our hands-on time last year, we can accurately say the Leap Motion Controller picks up even the faintest of gestures, down to the finger. To say it's leaps (sorry!) and bounds better than the original Kinect wouldn't be an overstatement. However, it'll be interesting to see how the Leap Motion fares in comparison to the new more advanced Kinect that's arriving for Xbox One and PC.
While the hardware won't arrive for another few days, its corresponding "Airspace" app store is ready to go. The company announced today there are 75 apps in Airspace store with many more on the way. Of the 75 available apps, 16 of them are free including a special version of the popular mobile game Cut the Rope and a New York Times app.
But before you mosey on over to Best Buy (the exclusive retailer in the U.S.) to pick a Leap Motion Controller up, make sure you have a compatible computer and OS. The Leap Motion Controller requires a computer with at least an Intel Core i3 or AMD Phenom II processor, 2GB of RAM and and a USB 2.0 port. Compatible OSes include Windows 7/8 or OS X 10.7 Lion/10.8 Mountain Lion.
So, who's ready to get their Minority Report on? If you're not getting one to complete your sci-fi dreams, then perhaps you're waiting for HP and Asus to release their computers with built-in Leap Motion Controllers?
Via Leap Motion