Leap, A New Gesture Control Computer Peripheral

May 22, 2012


I'm flying, Jack!

This is a video demo of Leap, a $70 gesture control computer peripheral coming out next year and tracks motion within a 4-foot cube with accuracy down to 1/100th of a millimeter. That...is pretty accurate. If I were that accurate at catching mini-marshmallows in my mouth I would be way fatter right now and with less marshmallows ground into the carpet.

Best of all, Leap isn't part of a closed loop system like the Kinect or WiiMote, so it can control any regular on-screen activity much like you do with a mouse. All you do is connect the Leap sensor to your computer via USB, and it will detect motion within a four cubic foot space. Leap Motion is currently seeking developers who can create apps specifically for the interface, but even without special apps this looks like a very cool new way to control your computer.

Here's an app idea: Mike Tyson's Punchout. No? That's cool, I'm full of ideas (plus a leftover sub that's making me gassy). How about a sex app that moves the picture of the dinosaur on screen up and down in rhythm to the peenor in your hand? "Who's peenor?" A friend's. But seriously, I think that might be my first trillion dollar idea.

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