Leap Motion Sensor: Accurate 3D Tracking Detection, more sensitive than Kinect, for Mac & PC





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Published on May 21, 2012

Leap Motion is a San Francisco-based startup making a small 3D tracking device compatible with PCs and Macs. The small sensor sits in front of your monitor and tracks movement in a four cubic-feet space around it, which the company claims is 200 times more accurate than any current spatial tracker (like Microsoft's Kinect).

Leap plans to sell the motion-sensing device called the Leap Motion for just $70.

According to the company, the Leap Motion can track movement to 1/100th of a millimeter, which is 200 times more accurate than anything else on the market. At close range, it's sensitive enough to detect the movement of fingertips and other small objects, such as styli.

The Leap hardware is a rectangular box that's roughly the width of a laptop trackpad. It connects to the PC through a USB cable, and detects motion within four cubic feet.

Say goodbye to your mouse and keyboard.

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.



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