If you clicked on your mouse or used a touch screen to get to this page, I’m sorry, but your technology is soon to be obsolete. There’s a new kid on the block, and while that block isn’t necessarily Silicon Valley, San Francisco is in a tizzy over Leap Motion. This hot new startup, run by a nobody like Andy Miller (he’s just the former top executive at Apple), is introducing the 3D user interface of the future.
This company was actually founded in 2010 by Michael Buckwald, a serial entrepreneur (the current CEO), and David Holz, a former NASA engineer (the current CTO), but it’s been laying low during the three year gestation period of its baby.
However, 2013 rings in the birth of the Leap Motion controller, a device that works like magic. Seriously, users just move their fingers in the air and bippity boppity boo– stuff happens on their screen. Don’t believe me? Check out their video. It’s like Microsoft’s Kinect controller, but with zero latency and pinpoint accuracy. Leap Motion states that their device, roughly the size of a hockey puck, is 200 times more accurate than anything on the market. It can track finger movements down to 1/100th of a millimeter. Perhaps even more appealing than the unparalleled technology is the price; you can get this baby for $69.99.
Technology magazines like Wired and The Verge are calling this device “the best gesture-control system we’ve ever tested” and “the next big thing in computing,” respectively. The possibilities are endless, especially since Leap Motion has created a software developers kit so that others can write apps for the device. Leap Motion isn’t doing too shabby in the apps department, having already received over 40,000 apps from developers. Magic Fruit Ninja? Game on.
So, if you’re looking for a new way to interact with your favorite websites (cough- iEatGrass!) you can pre-order your Leap Motion Controller.