Remember the movie Iron Man where Robert Downey Jr. (Tony Stark / Iron Man) uses his hands to control the computers and huge displays. Have you ever thought of having such technology with you? Here it comes, Leap Motion – a touch free motion sensing controller where you can use your hands to control the Desktops or laptops. The product “Leap” is under development by a start-up company Leap Motion which was founded in 2010. The USB device which is sized around 2x4x1 inch will rest on a plain surface facing upwards and it creates a virtual 3D interaction space of size roughly around 8 cubic feet above it. The user can perform gestures with his hands without a single touch over the device to control the desktop or laptop.
The device can be used for various kinds of applications which includes Gaming, Interactive CAD (Computer Aided Designing), Graphic Designing, Engineering controlling a computer for general use and many more. The Leap is more accurate that it can track your individual finger movements to 1/100th of a millimeter. Kinect which is also a full body motion sensing controller for Xbox360, is not as accurate as the Leap. But the leap lags in the range compared to the Kinect. But the company will develop with higher ranges for sure in near future.
The device will be initially supported in Windows and Mac operating system. We can also expect the support to Linux in the near future. The device is available for $79.99 USD.
Official Site : www.leapmotion.com