If you haven’t seen the Leap yet, check out the video above and read a hands-on review here–it’ll blow your mind.
When I first saw this, I thought, “How is this any different from the Kinect?” Then I started looking at the precision and accuracy; it claims to be 200 times more accurate than the Kinect. After watching the videos, I’m inclined to believe it.
My next thought was how close we’re coming to Minority Report and Iron Man technology. All this little device needs to do is project its own image, and we’re pretty much there. With the proliferation of tablets and other finger gesture-based devices, it was only a matter of time before those same gestures worked their way into a desktop computer system. I’m looking forward to using this for Illustrator and Photoshop, among other things. To heck with getting a Wacom tablet–all I’ll need is the Leap and I’ll be set.
The device can be pre-ordered for $70, and will ship sometime between December and February. I’m going to get my hands on the SDK as soon as I can.