Leap Motion is a tiny device, not much bigger than a USB but its potential to redefine the way we interact with technology is huge.
Leap Motion came about through the need to have a natural, accurate way to control 3D modelling. The current programs on the market only work with a mouse and keyboard and can be frustrating and inaccurate. Leap Motion has not only revolutionised the industry but also paved the way for better digital interaction in general.
The tiny optical motion controller currently enables you to perform gesture controls on your computer allowing you to use natural movements to interact and navigate, browse the web or use motion-control applications found in ‘Airspace’, Leap Motion’s equivalent of Launchpad on the Mac. The device uses two microscopic cameras and three infrared LEDs to track the movement of both hands and fingers with 0.01 millimetre accuracy and no visible latency. According to Leap Motion, its input device is two hundred times more precise than Kinect or any other motion control device on the market.
This level of accuracy lends itself to a large range of possibilities for this little device. Doctors could perform highly complicated, delicate operations across continents; people with disabilities could not only interact with their computers with ease but also perform daily tasks around the house. Leap Motion could also redefine how the fine arts and graphic design industry create their work.
We’ve seen the motion control trend already succeed in the gaming world with Kinect but Leap Motion has the potential to further this development, taking gaming to the next level.
Leap Motion could help brands connect and interact with their consumers on a more human level. By incorporating the technology in their marketing campaigns, brands could easily create interactive billboards, bus shelters, and store windows and even track how consumers physically interact with their product/brand in store. Leap Motion is not just a device that could enhance the user’s interaction and experience with computers but it could also potentially improve our daily lives as well.
Enrico Penzo is an ‘Early Owl’ and Creative Technologist at REBORN