Leaping ahead with Hands Free Interfaces
The Leap is a small iPod sized USB peripheral that creates a 3D interaction space of 8 cubic feet to precisely interact with and control software on your laptop or desktop computer. It senses your individual hand and finger movements independently, as well as items like a pen. The Leap can distinguish your individual fingers and track your movements down to a 1/100th of a millimeter.
The company states it’s 200x more sensitive than existing touch-free products and technologies. Now I wouldn't call this device a 'Kinect killer' like some others since it doesn't scan at the same distance, but for up close sensing of an arm swiping through the air or being able to create a precise digital signature with a fingertip it beats the Kinect by far.
To date, the company has raised over $14.55 million from Andreessen Horowitz, Founders Fund, SOSventures International and a number of angel investors. It will retail for $69.99, and a limited number are currently available for pre-order at LeapMotion.com. The Leap will work with Windows 7/8 or Mac OS X and Linux support on the agenda.