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.

  • utera

    Take what you can do with a mouse and keyboard, make it harder...= win!

  • Shut up and take my money !!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Hazakabammer

    Time to buy a funky cyberpunk headset and a pair of minority report looking gloves.

    Time to get my shit on.

  • Totoro

    I think this is meant to be a replacement to the mouse so far. Nothing keyboard related as far as I saw in this demo video. Nevertheless, it could make me levitate and I would still not buy it simply because it's an apple product.

  • Enjoy living in the stone age once you get pissed at google and microsoft as well.

    Narrow-minded fool


    Something apparently answering an unasked question, contributing nothing innovative or of value demoed on an Apple product.

    I don't know what to say. It's beautiful.

  • It's mac only isn't it?
    Windows has kinect :)

  • I cannot say how much I think gesture computing is a terrible idea.

    Things like this should be left to what ever specialized niche it is applicable for. Just like I don't use my bamboo tablet to play games, I don't want to use gestures to do what is better done with a keyboard and mouse.

    Likewise, sitting up, leaning towards my computer, with my arms straight out in front of me would get uncomfortable really quick.

  • Ry Keener

    I've always wanted to play Angry Birds with chopsticks.. now I can!! The future is here!

  • $18922249

    Tom Cruise will probably think that he had something to do with this.

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