When I was on holiday in Holland recently my Brother in-law made a pre-order for a Leap Motion. Seeing that this was something I have never heard of, i was intrigued and had to ask what was he so excited about, cause he was well excited. As far as I can tell the device works basically like the computer that Chief John Anderton uses in the Minority Report, without the massive 3D interface Hologram screens and the fancy gloves… kinda like in the Iron Man Films. LeapMotion is basically the worlds most accurate 3D motion control technology giving us the ability to navigate and control a computer like never before, here is a explicit peak at the LeapMotion in action below.
LeapMotion was founded in 2010 by David Holz, who does look a bit of a mad or eccentric scientist. This device was inspired by the cumbersome challenges with effectively navigating around 3D modeling applications. This is where the birth of Leap Motion comes from, using a powerful and sensitive touch-free 3-D motion-control and motion-sensing technology mentioned in Leap Motion’s CrunchBase profile.
Leap Motion has come out with quite an intense piece of technology that is smaller than a brick of butter, sleek, discreet at 3″ and plugs in via USB. Here is a breakdown of the Leap Motion Specifications:
- 1 Year warranty
- Height 0.5 inches
- Width 1.2 inches
- Depth 3 inches
- Weight 0.1 pound
- Compatibility : Windows 7 or 8 or Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion (minimum requirements: AMD Phenom™ II or Intel® Core™ i3, i5 or i7 processor; 2GB RAM; USB 2.0 port; Internet connection)
- Mac Compatible
- Length of Cord 24″ and 60″
- Type of Cable USB 2.0 (microUSB 3.0 connectors)
- Type of Pointing Device Montion controller
- Connect Type USB
- Product Depth 3″
- UPC 857192004015
After throwing $79.99 at this beautiful piece of innovative technology, you will receive the Leap Motion Controller with 2 custom-length USB 2.0 cables and an important information guide and….a Welcome card (more like welcome to the future). In addition to the awesome-ness of this product,the setting up process is easy. Plug it in, let the software do a quick wave calibrate, head to Airspace the Leap Motion store and do awesome things from there on out. The only real negative thing I see in the Leap Motion is that people’s arms are going to get seriously tired. In all seriousness this looks awesome, cannot wait until Cytrus gets one…or three.