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article imageNew monitor from Leap Motion offers hands-free PC control

By Leigh Goessl     May 23, 2012 in Technology
San Francisco - A video posted two days ago is going viral on YouTube. The video, uploaded by a company that has created a new touchless way to interact with a computer, has received over 2 million page views.
Promoted by a company named Leap Motion, the new product is being described by the company as a way for computer users to ditch the computer mouse and keyboard and interact directly with it using hand motions in a 3D computer interface.
Leap Motion says, "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."
The video shows demonstrators doing all sorts of things from writing to playing games to marking points on a map. All movement is controlled by a small rectangular box, about the size of an iPod, that brings the results to the screen.
Screengrab from YouTube showing Leap Motion s demonstration of how it works
Screengrab from YouTube showing Leap Motion's demonstration of how it works
YouTube (Leap Motion)
"It was this gap between what's easy in the real world but very complicated to do digitally, like molding a piece of clay or creating a 3-D model, that inspired us to create the Leap and fundamentally change how people work with their computers," said Leap Motion CEO and co-founder Michael Buckwald, in a press release.
"In addition to the Leap for computers, our core software is versatile enough to be embedded in a wide range of devices, including smartphones, tablets, cars and refrigerators. One day 3-D motion control will be in just about every device we interact with, and thanks to the Leap, that day is coming sooner than anyone expected," Buckwald said.
A comment was posted on YouTube in the video's comment section comparing the similarity of this new gadget with Microsoft's Kinect.
Leap Motion appears to explain a difference on its website, "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."
Will this product "leapfrog" Kinect?, PC World asks. Time will tell.
Whether or not this company makes the grade in terms of its claims remains to be seen as it is not on the market at this time. However, the San Francisco, Calif., based company says on its website limited pre-orders are being accepted, with shipment occurring in Dec. 2012 or Jan. 2013, price is $69.99, plus shipping (qualified developers can receive a free software development kit).
This video advertisement, titled "Introducing the Leap" has gotten quite a bit of traffic since being uploaded on May 21. At the time of this writing, the video has received 2,073,855 views.
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