Leap Motion, Inc. has been at the forefront of motion control technology in the commercial sphere in recent months. Earlier this year, the company released the Leap Motion Controller and promised that their product could completely change the way that we interact with our computers.

 

The Leap Motion Controller, much like a mouse, is a device that interprets physical gestures from a user as specific actions for a computer to perform. The key difference, though, is that you don’t have to touch the Leap Motion Controller because it works entirely through finger gestures.

 

Leap Motion has a while to go before consumers will feel inclined to incorporate it into the technology into their everyday lives. (http://cdn1.tnwcdn.com/)

Leap Motion has a while to go before consumers will feel inclined to incorporate it into the technology into their everyday lives. (cdn1.tnwcdn.com)

For now, the device’s value lies more in its entertainment value than in its practical value — but as the technology advances and becomes more precise through tracking the entire skeletal structure of the hand (instead of just finger movements), Leap Motion will have the potential to be applied beyond the realm of the PC. CEO Michael Buckwald is particularly excited about applying gesture controls to cars, in order to ensure a safer, hands-free way to interact with the car’s settings. He envisions, for instance, the ability to control volume without touching a button and a heads-up display on the windshields of cars that the driver can control with simple gestures.

 

Buckwald intends to go far with Leap Motion, but the company undoubtedly has a long way to go. To enter the mainstream technology market, Leap Motion needs figure out a way to more seamlessly work their technology into our everyday lives. For now, it’s only worth investing the $77.99 for personal amusement but not for any practical reasons — the Leap Motion Controller has been perceived as a toy and has yet to establish itself as a tool.

 

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