Leap Motion is Fantastic || Blog

Author: Ryan Drewrey  |  Category: Blog

My Leap Motion arrived in July, and I have been giving it a try for the last couple week. I love it! I’ve been using it to wake up the computer from sleep with a gesture, and to navigate websites. The gestures required a little learning curve, but nothing too involved.

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THE GOOD: This first generation deice is already very fast and responsive. It is about the size of a lighter or USB stick, much smaller than you would think it would be. It has infrared LEDs and cameras to track your hands with great detail. It recognizes very small movements down to the .01 millimeter (according to the website), and can track each of your fingers independently. You can use default gestures, or create your own single finger, multi finger, or entire hand gestures. This little device creates a 3 dimensional area that you can interact in. Many times and invisible 2-D plane marks the “touch” of a touch screen, behind the boundary, you are using a cursor – cross the boundary, and it registers like a click or touchscreen ‘tap’.

 

The app store looks like it has doubled since I received my Leap controller, and Airspace App store recently published that over 1 million apps have been downloaded for Leap Controllers. I use the app “Touchless” the most – it allows the Leap to work like a mouse or touchless touchscreen all across the computer and any program. There are movie apps, games, productivity and creative apps too, and this is just the beginning. As the Leap gets out into the world, more programmers will be making Airspace apps for the Leap. There are a lot of free apps, in addition to several paid apps.

 

 

 “We’re providing developers and users a powerful platform for creating, playing, exploring and learning, and it’s thrilling to see people around the world take their first leap with our technology,” said Leap Motion CEO and co-founder Michael Buckwald. “We’re already seeing musicians, doctors, teachers, artists, students and gamers find creative and practical uses for their Leap Motion Controllers, and we’re just getting started.”

 

THE BAD: The memory requirements seems to be an issue, it uses a lot of resources to run. I noticed that the longer I have the Leap plugged in and activated, the few resources there are for other programs. Many times there are no problems with speed at all, and I have tested it on a few devices – Windows and Mac. It also isn’t as natural to use as the mouse yet, I use it more as a secondary device than a primary one; (1/100th of a millimeter, according to the literature, but I’m sure that is also just a matter of time picking up.

 

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