In order for a product to really stand out in today’s crowded market, a lot of effort, time, and money is needed. It’s not good enough anymore to have an innovative product, but it also needs a lot of aggressive and large-budgeted marketing to reach its potential customers. We can see that with the product that we are about to share with you.
In today’s article we are going to take a deeper look into Leap Motion, which is innovative 3D controller for your computer. In case you like following IT news, than you’ve probably already heard about this device, since it took several years to get into mass production phase, and during that time it was previewed several times and many popular magazines and online publications took their time to get a closer look at this innovative tool. Leap Motion is now available to customers, and it’s priced at $80. Now let’s see how the finished product looks like and how it performs.
Once you receive your own Leap Motion, it will come in a nicely designed little box. There are some very obvious Apple influences over design of this packaging, as well as over design of the actual device. In the box you’ll find the controller and two USB cables (a shorter and a longer one). Once you take a look at the controller you’ll see how nicely designed it is, and it actually resembles an Apple-made product. The device comes with an aluminum band that goes seamlessly all around the perimeter of this device. On the bottom you’ll find a sturdy rubber feet which is doing a good job of keeping the controller in its place. On the top there’s black plastic layer under which you can see a series of red lights, which are sensors. In order to use the Leap Motion, all you have to do is to connect it to your Mac via USB port.
Once you connect the controller to your Mac, you’ll simply power it on. In order to actually use it, you’ll need to visit the Airspace Store, created by Leap Motion. First you’ll be greeted with a tutorial which will show you how this device actually works and in which way it recognizes movement of your hands, so you’ll get a pretty good idea on how to get started. You won’t be able to control any aspect of OSX right out of the box, which was something I really expected to do. Instead, you’ll need to find apps like Touchless for Mac which will give you some basic control over your computer. Luckily, this app is free of charge. For example, you’ll be able to click by pointing your finger towards the screen, or scroll by swiping several fingers through the air.
In theory, Leap Motion sounds like a fantastic idea. But in practice, things are not so smooth and problem-free. It is very fun to control your OSX or to rotate 3D models in some application, which can be very helpful. But this is still one of those fun and “nice to have” devices, and it will take some more time until it becomes powerful enough to replace a mouse or a keyboard. If you plan on buying Leap Motion, you should know that you’ll buying a work in progress, which still suffers from some glitches and bugs.