Leap Motion – Minority Report Tool

Remember that famous Minority Report movie with Tom Cruise? Year 2002 and everyone fancied that big screen Cruise’s character was working with. What if I say that soon you are able to do the same? Yes, there are already Kinect and Wii with loads of games and I believe, everyone tried it at least one.

But Kinect has one major disadvantage – it is not precise enough. This is gaming console and has a broad yet inaccurate field. It is nice to jump, make strong arm/leg movements, but you are not able to, say, work with 3D modelling.

Leap Motion Controller

And 3D modelling was exactly the reason guys behind Leap Motion decided to create their controller. It just took too much time working with keyboard and mouse, than to move and drag virtual object by their own hands.

The result? Tiny box (a bit bigger, than a flash drive – around three inches by one inch wide), working with both Windows and Mac, costs… $70. Yes, seventy. Company just raised another $30 million, which a good indicator of the project.

Tech specs are amazing. Control with 0.01mm accuracy, 8 cubic feet working area (you can attach more devices to make it bigger, but this should still be enough). Connection is via USB, but future versions are promised to be wireless. Technology is simple infrared, so can work even in the dark. Device can track all 10 fingers and latency is imperceptible.

Minority Report

The only downside at the moment is that shipping starts only somewhere in February/March, so have patience and preorder asap. What’s more, ASUS is going to implement Leap Motion controller into their notebooks AiO (All in One) PCs. Can’t wait to try it.

The only thing left to emulate Minority Report in full is a huge screen. Sure, there are, but a bit costly 🙂

P.S. If you are good in programming, you can apply for a developer’s status and probably get Leap Motion controller for free. They need interesting software ideas to fill up future marketspace.