More Info The Device That Is (Apparently) 200 Times More Accurate Than Kinect

The above motion control device 'Leap' is being developed by Leap Motion. According to their team it is 200 hundred times more accurate than anything else on the market, can distinguish between individual fingers, and track your movement to 1/100th of a millimetre. Could this be a device that changes, or at the very least evolves, the way we use motion controls in gaming?

"[Kinect] isn't particularly good at tracking things like fingers," said Leap Motion CEO Michael Buckwald, in an great interview with Eurogamer. "We're able to track 10 fingers... That let's people do things like mold a virtual piece of clay, or even something basic like pinch to zoom. All of those things are incredibly difficult for something with the accuracy of Kinect."

Incredibly Leap costs the same to develop as Kinect and can be pre-ordered on Leap's site now for only $69.99

Leap was not designed for consoles, and while game developers have applied to work with the device, gaming is not its primary function.

"Ultimately this technology was created not for casual gaming," Buckwald told Eurogamer, "but to let people do real things and let them do it in a way that is sporadically better than having to do it with the mouse and keyboard."

Still, it's fascinating technology, and one that bodes well for the future of similar technology designed specifically for games. If Leap Motion can do this, at this price range, surely others can do the same for games — and that includes Microsoft.

Leap: The future of motion control? [Eurogamer]


Comments

    This device is going to add a whole new level of interactivity. Its only a matter of time before we see it in smartphones and laptops, pre ordered mine months ago! :D

    How much CPU power will it sap from your system?

      Probably the amount you save from moving from W7 to W8 MotorMouth ;).

    Google should buy them and add the capability to Android.

      Because that's how I love my innovation. Stifled and hidden behind a patent troll!

        Google is patent trolling?

    I ordered mine when I first saw it. The worst part is that the ETA is Feb 2013! When I ordered it was Dec 2012. If I didn't see so many reviews and promotional videos about it, I would think it was as scam of some sort. Seems almost too good to be true but for $70 I was willing to take the chance.

    Looks like it's very short-range tech - which I reckon is perfect for the application, being detailed interactivity rather than the next dancing rhythm game. How cool would it be to be able to mould something in CAD using your *hands*, then print it out on your MakerBot!

      i can just see it now, autocad and this thing, CNC machines to connect and use this
      well, we can always hope anyway

    SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY

      AND MINE!!!!!!!

    I saw the little box at the bottom, but what was at the top to detect the 3D shape at the top of the hand?

      There's no device above. Thats a pre-rendered 3d model that is sampling the users hand movement 1:1...

    Where is the "More Info"?

      Was looking for that as well..

    Screw the resolution, thy thing is snappy responsive!

    I hate wii, kinect, and sn ys offering. They are soooo unresponsive. This looks like what I've been waiting for.

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