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GESTURE-BASED PERIPHERAL the Leap Motion Controller, which turns any PC with a USB port into a 3D motion activated computer, is now available in the UK for £70.
Released in the US earlier this month, the device allows people to control their computers with hand and finger movements, claiming to sense how you move your hands "the way you move them naturally".
"It makes the space between you and your computer interactive and three-dimensional. So instead of clicks, taps, and drag-and-drops, you can point, reach, and grab, even pick something up and put it down. Just like in real life," the peripheral maker claimed.
Working with Mac computers and PCs, the 3in long device is powered by USB and downloadable software.
"It tracks all 10 fingers up to 1/100th of a millimetre with zero visible latency. Your hands are free to move in eight cubic feet of interactive, 3D space," Leap Motion added.
"With the wave of a hand or lift of a finger, you can browse the web, read articles and listen to music."
The device comes with Airspace, the Leap Motion app store that is said to contain more than 75 applications such as paint programs and games built by developers and designed specifically for Leap Motion technology.
The controller is compatible with Mac OS X 10.7 and 10.8, as well as Microsoft Windows 7 and Windows 8.
The Leap Motion Controller is retailing on Amazon UK, though many reviews on the website haven't been so welcoming of the device, which has received three two-star ratings in the past two days.
"I finally received it today, however it's not even close to usable and performs nothing like in the presentation," one reviewer commented. "Tracking is okay, but it's extremely poor at recognising gestures. It also seems to require one to pause, while it locks onto something to let you scroll. Meaning ultimately it's quicker and less frustrating to just use a mouse."
But not all reviews were negative, as the motion tracking peripheral also received a five-star rating today. "This is a really exceptional device that does everything I expected it to and more," commenter Ashley James Brown said. "Leap changes how you think about and use your computer. Definitely recommend buying it."
We'll look forward to receiving a review unit at The INQUIRER towers soon so we can test the device for ourselves. µ
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