The long promised [amazon_link id=”B00C66Z9ZC” target=”_blank” ]Leap Motion Controller[/amazon_link]  launches today in the UK  after its US debut on the 22nd.  The Leap Motion, which has been a staple of tech demos since its announcement last year, is a gesture controller for the PC or Mac which looks at your fingers and hands.

It is a small USB peripheral device which is designed to be placed on a physical desktop, facing upward.  It  uses two cameras and three infrared LEDs, to observe a roughly hemispherical area, to a distance of about 1 meter.  It tracks fingers and objects such as pens to a high degree of accuracy within that dome.  A developer kit has been available for the last several months and the Leap Motion has been demonstrated navigating a website, using pinch-to-zoom gestures on maps, high-precision drawing, gaming and manipulating complex 3D data visualizations.

We’ve one of these due to arrive today and will have a full review posted in due time as the accessibility possibilities of the device are extremely interesting.



  1. Paul Natsch 29/07/2013 at 4:49 pm - Reply

    I was wondering about the accessibility possibilities with this as well. I cannot use my fingers or wrist but can move my arm with my hand in sort of a fist. So this may or may not be pretty useful to me in some way. I look forward to your findings.

    • Chris Ellis 29/07/2013 at 5:06 pm Reply

      I’ve been using it about an hour and my initial impression is that this isn’t going to be much use to you without some work. The system control apps focus on tips of fingers rather than hand position and if I clench a fist it loses me. I was able to get it working by holding a pen in a fist so it might be possible to get it working for you. Initial impressions only!

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