Ten years ago sci-fi movie Minority Report, starring Tom Cruise, showed a mesmerizing new way of controlling software interfaces – by waving your hands and making gestures in the air in front of the monitor (a giant monitor wall in the case of the movie). Well, we’ve all seen Kinect and what it has done to home gaming but we are yet to witness the next revolution – commanding your run-of-the mill Windows or Mac OS computer with similar hand gestures in the air.
Well, meet this tiny USB gizmo, made by a company called Leap Motion, that promises to enable just that – and it’s just $70. They’ve got a great video to prove their point. Let’s hope that the real product delivers on the promises.
The leap is able to track all ten of your fingers and track their individual movements down to a 1/100th of a millimeter. You can also stack up several devices to create a larger input area.
There are no details how this all works, but it’s impressive, isn’t it? You can pre-order yours right now (if you are lucky) and the first units will ship this winter.