When the Kinect first launched back in 2010, it was only a matter of time before people hacked it to use on their PCs. Since then, Microsoft has released their own SDK, but when it comes to using a Kinect on a computer, it simply doesn’t have the precision needed to track smaller and more sensitive movements (specifically, finger movements).
And that’s where Leap comes in.
Leap is a revolutionary device that is being developed to specifically track small hand movements. How good is it you ask? Well, Leap is 200 times more accurate than any device that is currently on the market, regardless of price point. Not only can it track your individual finger movements, but it is accurate to 1/100th of a millimeter. It’s more accurate than a mouse, more sensitive than a touchscreen, and it can even be used as a keyboard. It currently works on Mac and Windows operating systems (Mac OS X/Windows 7 and 8), and Linux support will be implemented down the line. It’s simple to use (simply plug in via USB, run the installation software, and do a quick wave to calibrate), and it will retail for $70 USD. If you think this is too good to be true, just check out the introduction video above.
Leap will be available in December 2012 or January 2013, but you can pre-order your own device here. If you are a talented developer, you can also apply for a free SDK and dev unit. So, will you be picking up Leap later this year? Sound off in the comments below.
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