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Leap of faith

New way of controlling computers has implications for content creators

Talk about a giant leap forward… The Leap is an iPod-sized 3D motion sensor that, like Tom Cruise in Minority Report, enables people to control their computers in three dimensions simply by using natural hand and finger movements.

Sure, Microsoft’s Kinect and Nintendo’s Wii already offer something similar, but the Leap, made by US start-up Leap Motion not only claims to be far better, but even has tough judges like Wired magazine convinced.

The company claims: ‘Leap represents an entirely new way to interact with your computers. 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.

‘This isn’t a game system that roughly maps your hand movements.  The Leap technology is 200 times more accurate than anything else on the market — at any price point. Just about the size of a flash drive, the Leap can distinguish your individual fingers and track your movements down to a 1/100th of a millimeter.

‘This is like day one of the mouse.  Except, no one needs an instruction manual for their hands.’

It sounds extraordinary, even if it is likely to take a while to become commonplace. And does it mean 3D content will be the way forward?

Check the Leap out for yourself…


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