At first glance, The Leap looks pretty dull; a small rounded grey rectangle filled with black. But to say that The Leap was dull would be hugely incorrect. You only have to watch the few minutes of video of The Leap in action to get instantaneous geek-goosebumps and visions of becoming Tom Cruise in Minority Report.
It does look entirely too good to be true but remember this technology isn’t that far away from Nintendo’s Wii Remote or Microsoft’s Kinect. The technology has just been miniaturised, stylised and improved to form The Leap, which according to their makers “is 100x more accurate than any other motion sensing/natural user interface on Earth.”
The company behind The Leap intends for it to replace our standard peripherals of a mouse as well as keyboard, as the motion capturing of the Leap is sensitive enough (1/100th of a millimetre sensitive) to capture natural-sized handwriting as well as general mouse-like gestures. They also hope to develop The Leap even further so that it can be implemented into other areas like cars and even medical equipment.
Currently The Leap is wired via USB and working on Windows 7/8 and Mac OSX, (Linux support is in the pipeline) and is available for pre-order at $70, which is insanely well-priced and less than half the price of a brand new Kinect at today’s prices. If you pre-order now and are lucky enough to get your order through (there are a limited number available for the first shipment) you can expect your Leap to be here, ready to de-peripheralise you by Winter.
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