The Motion Control Computing Wars Get Real

TPM’s Carl Franzen reports on a new entrant in the motion control device market that may give the Kinect a serious run for its money:

In a few months, you may be not be clicking on this or any other article online, but instead gesturing in the air to navigate your way around the Web.

That’s the promise of Leap, a $70 motion control device for Mac and Windows PCs that was unveiled by the San Francisco-based startup company Leap Motion earlier this week.

The Leap, which is accepting pre-orders online, with an estimated shipping date between December 2012 and January 2013, is a small, USB device that its makers promise will transform the way you interact with your computer.

Instead of using the mouse or a trackpad, or even a touchscreen,Leap users will be able to simply move their hands in front of the screen, similar to how gamers interact with Microsoft’s Xbox Kinect system.

But Leap Motion claims that its device is “200 times more accurate than anything else on the market — at any price point,” and that “the ability to control any computer with nuanced hand and finger movements will fundamentally transform the way people interact with computers.”

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