Leap Motion shows off gesture controls in Windows

By on May 21, 2013, 1:00 PM

Leap Motion is looking to drum up enthusiasm for its 3D gesture controller as it moves closer to release. The latest tidbit from the company comes in the form of a minute-long video demonstrating how the technology works in conjunction with Microsoft's Windows 7 and Windows 8 operating systems.

The video illustrates web browsing, launching applications from the Windows 8 Start Screen, and navigating them with all the usual interactions such as scrolling, zooming, pointing, and clicking in a few smooth movements. Windows 8 specific gestures such as closing an app by dragging down from the title bar work nicely too. In a nutshell, Leap Motion should enable everything you can already do with touch, only now in the air.

The company promises everything will work out of the box and that existing applications in Windows 7 and 8 will respond to your natural hand and finger movements. OS X will also be supported but functionality with Apple’s operating system will be demonstrated in a second video soon.

Leap Motion says they’re previewing this functionality before it heads into beta testing in June. Early access beta developers will be testing this functionality as well to make sure it works with their own applications ahead of release, as well as testing Airspace, Leap Motion’s curated app store.

For now software partners already on board include 3D design software maker Autodesk, “Cut The Rope” maker Zepto Labs, Double Fine, Disney, Realmac Software, The Weather Channel and Corel.

The San Francisco-based will begin fulfilling “hundreds of thousands” of pre-orders starting on July 22, with retail availability at Best Buy stores across the US, Bestbuy.com, Leapmotion.com and Amazon.uk. Later in the year both HP and Asus will start offering Leap Motion bundles with select products.




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1 person liked this | ReederOnTheRun ReederOnTheRun said:

This is actually a wayyy better idea than touch screens. Way to go Leap Motion!

3 people like this | MilwaukeeMike said:

At first I thought this gesture stuff was a gimmick, but when I stop to think about it, I realize that being able to scroll through a webpage or ebook using gestures while eating would be pretty cool.

JC713 JC713 said:

Biggest revolution since touch.

2 people like this | Guest said:

At first I thought this gesture stuff was a gimmick, but when I stop to think about it, I realize that being able to scroll through a webpage or ebook using gestures while eating would be pretty cool.

Exactly! Also, I have all in one computer in the kitchen. It's great to not touch mouse or screen when you have your hand dirty. As same as goes for surgeron, doctor, mechanical and others. I am very surprised about that they are able to get it pretty very smooth in the video.

avoidz avoidz said:

Would my web page scroll up and down rapidly while fapping?

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