Candice Lanier – Just like in the movie, Minority Report, and along the lines of Kinect, people will soon be able to interact with technology via the mere movement of a hand–or finger. After more than five years of development, an amazing technology named The Leap has been developed that synthesizes the shape and movement of the human hand to produce movement onto a computer.
Leap Motion CEO Michael Buckwald is quoted by Mashable as saying:
“We really wanted to build a device that would actually be leaps and bounds better at doing a lot of things that most people want to do with their computers. And in order to do that, you need to be able to track fingers, and you need to be able to do that at a deep, centimeter level.
The underlying method we use is a radical new approach that has never been used before. It’s simultaneously very inexpensive and also more powerful and more accurate.”
The Leap employs a concept known as Natural User Interface(NUI) in which the use of a tightly-packed cluster of sensors results in a meshed sensor field that can pick up on even very subtle gestures in all five fingers, on each hand, at any given time. “If the useiberty r is looking at a 3D model of something, they should be able to reach out and pick it up and move it,” Buckwald explains.