The Leap Motion Controller Might Soon Replace Your Mouse

If you thought Microsoft’s Kinect was cool, here comes the next frontier of gestural technology. The Leap Motion Controller is a motion-control software and USB connected hardware piece that plugs into your computer to allow physical human/computer interaction.

The Leap Motion Controller, can track the movement of both hands and all 10 fingers up to 1/100th millimeter at up to 290 frames per second. It is up to 200 times more sensitive than existing motion-control technology, making it the first product to let users navigate and interact with supported computer applications using natural hand and finger movements.

We may soon be using this device instead of the mouse for daily tasks such as web browsing. With 12,000 free units already sent to developers and another 40,000 devs worldwide interested in creating apps for Leap, we can also expect some very cool and innovative audio, gaming and productivity applications coming around the corner.

The Leap units will be available May 2013 via Best Buy and will include access to Airspace, an application store. Below, Andy Miller, COO & President of Leap talks about the device and the changing landscape of motion control followed by Adam Somers, who’s created an AirHarp app for music creation.

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