Leap Motion Controller Highlights -
Pros: Inexpensive. Plenty of compatible apps but many may need to be purchased separately
Cons: Not as intuitive or reliable as using a touch pad.
The Leap Motion Controller represents an entirely new way to interact with your computer and is designed to complement your keyboard, mouse, stylus, or trackpad. The controller senses your hands and fingers movement and follows their every move. The controller tracks all 10 fingers up to 1/100th of a millimeter for precision. It works without any special adapters. Imagine, instead of using your mouse to browse the web, you just lift your finger to read articles, flip through photos, scroll through web pages and play music. It allows you to draw, paint and design with your fingertip without even touching your monitor or laptop screen. Imagine steering cars and flying planes with your hands. Playing air guitar for real: picking and strumming. Imagine building 3D objects with your hands. All this can be done with the Leap Motion controller.
It is sleek, light, and tiny (just 3 inches long). It's super-wide 150° field of view and a Z-axis for depth ensures that you can move your hands in 3D, just as you would do in the real world. The Leap Motion Controller can track your movements at a rate of over 200 frames per second. Currently the controller works only on a PC or a MAC. There are many apps specifically designed for the controller and these can be downloaded from their own dedicated app store - Airspace.
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First of all, this technology is still in its infancy, it is still being developed and software is still being perfected. We have read reviews where people have complained that it is slow, imprecise and difficult to control. Right now it is more of a toy than a productivity tool, however the Leap Motion controller has its moments of magic. Also, if you're thinking of using it for your everyday tasks, you may find that your arms will get tired. Having said that the Leap Motion Controller is a pretty cool piece of technology. This device truly changes how you interact with your computer. As the technology and concept is perfected, the possibilities are endless.