Minority Report computer interface a reality with Leap
Leap is a new motion sensitive device that creates a 3D interaction space around your computer and provides an all-new way to interact with your PC or Mac.
The device has the potential to make your keyboard and mouse obsolete and replace them with simple and surprisingly accurate hand movements and motions.
It can connect to a regular PC or Mac and create an interaction technique similar to that seen in the film Minority Report starring Tom Cruise.
According to Leap, a San Francisco-based company, the device is more accurate than a mouse, as reliable as a keyboard and more sensitive than a touchscreen.
The device can distinguish individual fingers and hands and can track their movements down to a 1/100th of a millimetre.
Leap can even distinguish handheld objects and items like pencils.
It is also possible to network more than one leap device to create a larger 3D interaction space in from of your computer’s screen.
While touchscreens have been popular with smartphones tablets they have never been widely adopted on desktop and laptop computers.
The Leap can provide desktops and laptops accurate interaction without having to cover the bright LED screens with fingerprints and marks.
The device will be priced at $US69.99 and is available for a limited pre-order with delivery expected by December 2012/January 2013.