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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