Leap Motion, a San Francisco-based startup, has the Leap 3D motion control system. Leap Motion is like Kinect but far more accurate. The technology can detect motion with up to a hundredth of a millimeter accuracy; it’s nuanced enough to detect fingers, for instance, enabling the possibility of touch-free pinch-to-.
When the device is available for commercial release, it’s expected to retail for around $70, reportedly. The device itself is fairly simple–a USB input device (plus an advanced software platform).
Leap represents an entirely new way to interact with your computers. It’s more accurate than a mouse, as reliable as a keyboard and more sensitive than a touchscreen. For the first time, you can control a computer in three dimensions with your natural hand and finger movements.
This isn’t a game system that roughly maps your hand movements. The Leap technology is 200 times more accurate than anything else on the market — at any price point. Just about the size of a flash drive, the Leap can distinguish your individual fingers and track your movements down to a 1/100th of a millimeter.
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