Leap Motion Controller Makes Human-Computer Interface Much Easier

July 24, 2013, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Leap Motion, a company that is into the development of advanced motion sensing technology for human-computer interface, has announced its new device Leap Motion Controller.

A gesture-driven peripheral for PCs and Macs, the device that resembles a USB drive contains a pair of cameras capturing 200 shots per second, three infrared LEDs providing illumination, which helps the camera to see all the movements of our hand and detect even smaller movements.

The simple, impressive technology makes human-computer interface easier.  It works in such a way that very minute movements of our fingers are sensed by the device and it follows our every move so as to make us do almost everything we do with the mouse.


The device sports similarities with Microsoft’s Kinect, but is much compact and focused than its predecessor.

The smaller observation area and higher resolution of the device differentiate the product from Kinect.

Leap Motion claims an accuracy level of up to 1/100th of a millimeter, which enables us to do tasks like navigating websites and drawing pictures on the screen.

Leap Motion marketing Vice President Michael Zagorsek has been quoted as saying that the company hoped to make the user interface disappear altogether. “I am not clicking on something to do something else; I am not touching something to do something else. There is no interface, it’s just me represented here,” he has reportedly stated.

Leap Motion has distributed thousands of units for free to developers who are interested in creating applications for the device. The consumer product will launch for $79.99, which is cheaper than Kinect’s $ 99.99. The company is planning to develop a wireless version in the future.

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