The startup Leap Motion has developed a super-sensitive natural gesture detector that can revolutionize the way we control electronics. The Leap sensor is over 100 times more sensitive than the controllers currently in use. It can independently track the movements of as many as 10 fingers with a precision of the order of a hundredth of a millimeter.
What really impresses is the precision with which the Leap controller works. For example, Kinect determines the position (in a plane parallel to the screen) for an object 2 m away from it with an accuracy of 3 mm. The Leap Motion product can record position with a precision of 0.01 mm.
The originator of the controller, David Holtz (CTO Leap Motion) does not reveal the details of the technology used so far. Does it have anything to do with Kinect (which analyzes the distortion of the infrared display pattern), or does it use a 3D ToF (Time-of-Flight) camera, or is it a completely new concept? We do not know this yet.
There will still be time to consider the basics of the Leap platform. The important thing is that it combines the convenience of touch gestures and the precision of an ordinary computer mouse in a single tool that responds to natural gestures made with the hand in the air. Watch the video below and you will understand what we mean.
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