Check out the LEAP: control your Mac with gestures for only $69

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    Check out the LEAP: control your Mac with gestures for only $69




    We all know thereíll be a day when the mouse and keyboard will become obsolete, but many may think that day is far off. However with a new project called LEAP that day just might be here. First noted by The Wall Street Journal, the LEAP, developed by parent company Leap Motion, allows you to control your computer by only using your hand. It comes as a little hardware box as small as a stack of playing cards that sits in front of the computer monitor and tracks your handsí motions. As you can see in the video above, this is great while playing a game or even browsing the web. From the looks of it, the LEAP is also very cheap, currently up for pre-order on LEAPís site for only $69.99.

    The technology is very similar to Microsoftís popular Kinect platform, which allows Xbox 360 and Windows PC owners to get active with their entertainment. Kinect has been selling very well since its introduction in 2010, with a slew of games and apps that interface with the technology very well. Microsoft also makes the Kinectís source code available to allow those willing to tinker play with the code.

    Apple has also been tipped to be working on similar technology. Several rumors and patent filings over the years have shown Apple working on 3D displays and 3D cameras to help capture motion from the body and hands. The technology is believed to one day come to the rumored Apple TV set and could even land on iOS sometime in the future. Apple has also continued hiring for positions attaining to 3D.

    The LEAP is very interesting, and it will be cool to see how it works in real world scenarios. Obviously, gestures arenít the best solution to every piece of work thatís done throughout the day, but can be a nice tool for some. Being priced at $69 Iíd say this is a relatively good deal. The website says there is only a limited amount available, so you may want to act fast.


    Anyone buying? Check out the LEAPís FAQ page for a little more on specifics.

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