Leap motion wowed tech geeks the world over this week with a video showing its new 3D gesture control technology that allows you to operate your PC or laptop wirelessly with simple hand movements. The device is only the size of your palm and you just connect it to your computer via a USB port to transform your PC into a motion sensitive device.
However, is this viral video just a fancy trick? Well no, at least not according to top gadget reviewers in the US who have taken the device for a spin.
“We were somewhat surprised to discover the Leap is everything portrayed in the Leap Motion video,” said Roberto Baldwin of Wired magazine.
According to Leap Motion, its input device is 200 times more precise than Kinect or anything else on the market. Baldwin couldn’t argue with this claim and said the experience was better than that of a touch screen. “The first thing we noticed is the system’s lack of latency. Finger movements, swipes and taps in mid-air instantly registered as onscreen movements,” he said in his review.
The Leap is available for pre-order right now for $70 plus delivery and will ship sometime during the December-through-February time frame. With such impressive technology and a ‘friendly’ price tag, Microsoft Kinect now has a serious competitor on its hands!