This little white box is the device you’ve been dreaming of since watching the swooshy-hand-gesturing of films like Minority Reports and Iron Man – a device that truly relays hand gestures.
The Leap Motion is claimed to be 200 times more precise than the Microsoft Kinect, distinguishing individual fingers and tracking user movements down to a 1/100th of a millimetre, and simply plugs into your USB.2.0 port, and at $70, it seems like a great additional tool for showing off 3D models on screen, or even going the whole hog and designing a part with it.
“Leap represents an entirely new way to interact with your computer,” explains the blurb from Leap’s website. “It’s more accurate than a mouse, as reliable as a keyboard and more sensitive than a touchscreen. For the first time, you can control a computer in three dimensions with your natural hand and finger movements.”