Leap Motion is one of the most exciting technologies coming to consumers since Apple brought most of us our first experience with Multitouch.
If you haven’t seen it in action yet, it’s like multitouch without all that messy touching that causes us to constantly have to clean our screens. The Leap controller senses the precise movement of your hands and fingers in 3D space, and lets you control things on the screen by motion rather than direct touch.
It can track the movement of both hands and all 10 fingers up to 1/100th millimeter at up to 290 frames per second.
The Leap Motion Controller will go on sale in real life stores starting May 19 for $80. At first it will support operating system interactions with Windows 7 and 8, and Mac OS X 10.7 and 10.8.
The gesture controller will come with access to Airspace™, an exclusive Leap Motion application store where users can discover optimized software across a wide variety of categories including gaming, music, education, art, and productivity.
Later this year, Leap Motion will come bundled in PCs and Laptops built buy ASUS, and its Airspace store will come preloaded on those machines so owners can take full advantage of motion control as soon as they power up.
Leap Motion’s deal with ASUS isn’t exclusive. Leap is working on deals with other manufacturers now.
CEO Michael Buckwald told The Verge Leap Motion isn’t only intended for computers. The technology is small enough to be integrated into tablets, smartphones, and automotive applications.
Imagine the ability to adjust something on your car’s center console with a non-touch gesture.
Developers are hacking together all kinds of innovative ways to use Leap Motion controllers. Bryan Brown is using it to remotely control a boat with hand movements. Turn your hand left, and the boat turns left. Turn your hand right and the boat turns right.
The future of technology is largely touch-less.