Last week, the company that (literally) kickstarted the new virtual reality industry announced a groundbreaking new controller that lets you reach out and touch things in virtual worlds. I just gave it a spin. It's good. Damn good.
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Not long ago, Microsoft took the Kinect out of some of its Xbox One bundles, dropping the price of the console to $499 (in Australia) and giving devs extra power to play with. If you got one of those and want to add a Kinect later, you'll be able to in October for $169.95 (Australian RRP).
The Leap Motion controller has always looked awesome, but its performance didn't quite live up to the promise. A software update is about to fix that, making every Leap Motion controller out there better in an instant.
If motion control has a future, Leap Motion will have something to do with it. Our mates a Business Insider Australia had one given to them, and we took the liberty of nicking it to have a play. Prepare to feel the power of the Force.
It's been two weeks since Leap Motion appeared in the wild, and while it's far from being a perfect piece of hardware, the possibilities are pretty damn interesting. So far, most of the attention-getting apps have dealt with making music. But there are plenty of other cool developments happening with the device, too.
The motion-controlled, hover-hands future isn't quite here yet, but we've used a Leap Motion, and we can tell you first hand that it's damn awesome. But what's inside that little box of magic? A developer at SparkFun electronics dove inside to find out. The guts are surprisingly modest.
Greasy fingers are the bane of touchscreens, obscuring the display behind snail trails of oil and streaks of grime. Forget that mess. Leap Motion has promised hands-free PC navigation for months now. After some hands-on time, we can confirm that the future is here, and it's amazing.
We knew that the Kinect would be coming to Windows eventually, but it looks like Xbox One's groundbreaking new Kinect sensor won't be stuck tethered to a console for long. Microsoft has just announced that the new and improved motion-tracking system will definitely be hitting Windows sometime next year — but exactly when remains hazy.
We've already seen what the Leap Motion can do in apps that support it, but it stands to make your everyday OS-level boredom into a futuristic gesture-controlled wonderland too. This new video shows exactly what kind of applications you can look forward to on your Windows 8 machine, at it seems at least as cool as touch.
High-fidelity motion control is awesome, but it's not quite essential for most of us. For surgeons though, a motion-controlled interface like this one could be super useful.
Leap Motion isn't just going to be a stand-alone product. The motion-control brand just announced a partnership with HP, meaning that you'll be seeing several HP devices with Leap Motion technology bundled right in by the end of the year.
Gesture control might just be one of the most exciting battlegrounds in tech right now. First there was Kinect, then the awesome Leap Motion — and now German company PMD Technologies claims to be able to beat them both.
Whether you like gesture control or not, Leap Motion's fine-grain floating-finger input looks like pure future. And it only gets better when you're controlling a pseudo-hologram with it. And that's exactly what Robbie Tilton did with his Tony Stark-worthy setup.