By David Ponce
The motion sensing abilities of Microsoft’s Kinect are… adequate for a few things like playing games while being drunk. But it’s laggy and imprecise and it gets tedious having to compensate for this while playing. The Leap is a USB device the size of a deck of cards that creates an 8 cubic feet space in front of your computer and is able to track your hands with 200 times more precision than anything else out there. “Leap can distinguish your individual fingers and track your movements down to a 1/100th of a millimetre.” In this space, your hands become the new mouse, moving things around with a degree of precision that only video can convey (so we embedded one below). It’s intuitive and quite simply fascinating. We mean it, if this thing takes off, mice could be a thing of the past.
Of course this kind of tech must be really expensive, right? Well, no. At all. The Leap is $70. So for the price of a regular mouse you can instead control your stuff like they do in movies. Yeah, from the future. It’s here. Well… almost here. The limited number of pre-orders will be delivered in December of this year or January of next. There’s a bit of waiting involved, but for something like this it’s totally worth it.