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.