If typing, tapping and clicking makes you feel stifled and limited in your interaction with your computer, then Leap Motion may pique your curiosity. Imagine futuristic technical capabilities that allow a user to move things around a screen and control everything like a conductor in an orchestra; with the skilful movement of their hands. Leap Motion provides a cutting edge motion controller that allows users to control their computers with simple hand and finger movements. Leap Motion’s API makes some of this functionality available to be integrated into other applications or to create new ones.
The Leap Motion controller has a sleek design and is small in size, making it convenient for it to be placed anywhere on a user’s desk. Once the controller is connected, users have the ability to interact with their computers by pointing, waving, reaching, grabbing, picking up and putting down, just as they would naturally use their hands. Whether it’s flipping through photos, browsing the web, drawing or designing, sculpting, moulding and building 3D objects, playing air guitar, flying a virtual plane or mastering an online game, the system has features that make it all possible. The Leap Motion Controller tracks all 10 fingers up to 1/100th of a millimeter and it’s up to 200 times more sensitive than existing motion-control technology. It also has an extra-wide 150° field of view and a Z-axis for depth which makes it possible for users to move their hands in 3D.
The Leap Motion API is available for developers who may want to build some cool apps for Leap Motion, or to integrate it with other ones. Public documentation is not currently available, but those interested can sign up on the website to get a full SDK, simple submission guidelines, a complete library of resources and support from the Leap Motion team.