Leap Motion

LEAP MOTION, INC.

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Developers: developers@leapmotion.com
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THE DEVICE

The LEAP MOTION controller is a light-weight (approximately .1 pound) .5 x 1.2 x3 inch infrared USB device made for use with both MAC’s and PC’s.  The LEAP MOTION is designed for physical placement on a desktop and works via 2 monochromatic infrared cameras and 3 infrared LED’s, which read motion via a conical area in front of the user.  This motion is then translated between the device’s area of motion to your computer and translated for personal use.  It is available for purchase at Best Buy, Amazon, Newegg, and other digital retailers and cost $79.99 plus tax.

HP & ASUS

LEAP MOTION has partnered with ASUS and Hewlett Packard in an attempt to make the LEAP MOTION technology into the hands of more consumers.  ASUS has plans to place the technology into premium all-in-one PC’s packed with Intel’s Haswell silicon technology.  Hewlett Packard has plans to embed the gesture control technology into 11 new all-in-one computers, including the Envy 17 laptop and several stand-alone keyboards.

AIRSPACE

The LEAP MOTION operates using applications from AIRSPACE, which is a web-based app store that runs in the background of your computer.  AIRSPACE carries applications that are compatible with both MAC and WINDOW’s, as well as applications that are specific to each operating system.  Of the 150+ applications currently available most are games; however, both MAC and WINDOWS have applications that allow for direct interaction between the device and your desktop.

POTENTIAL ADVANCEMENT

The motion control technology that LEAP MOTION uses is set to become a part of everyday life, with the technology already being present in tablets, smartphones, interactive kiosks, etc.  Beyond these personal devices, though, there is hope for advancements in the medical field: utilizing LEAP MOTION technology to allow surgeons to perform robotic surgery.  Presently there has been talk of integrating the technology with the KINECT for a full-body and hand control experience, as well as integration with 3D printing devices for product development.

PROBLEMS

Currently, the LEAP MOTION is very graphic intensive and requires between 5% and 20% CPU usage in order to operate.  The device does offer a low CPU usage mode, but this mode severely decreases the accuracy of the device.  Because of the way the device works, overhead lighting and metal air ducts will interfere with and affect the accuracy of the sensors.

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http://www.wired.com/beyond_the_beyond/2014/01/robotic-arm-controlled-in-free-space-by-leap-motion/

http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2013/01/leap-motion-asus/

http://venturebeat.com/2013/12/05/founders-fund-and-sosventures-launch-startup-accelerator-for-leap-motions-gesture-tech/