Leap Motion Shows First Footage Using Windows 8

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Leap Motion is a technology that allows “Kinect-like” gesture interaction with a PC.  The product release has been delayed multiple times, but is now expected to be released July 22, 2013.  Today they have unveiled a press release showing their technology being used in Windows 8. Watch the video below.

Press Release:

Today we released a sneak peek of Leap Motion’s Windows functionality, one of the essential features we’re refining for our July 22 launch. This video shows how Leap Motion technology will work easily and seamlessly with Windows OS.

From the second you plug in your Leap Motion Controller, you’ll be able to browse the web and interact with your computer just by moving your hands and fingers in the air. With Leap Motion technology and Windows, you can do everything that’s possible with multi-touch inputs — without actually touching anything. This also means that existing applications in Windows 7 and 8 will respond to your natural hand and finger movements. Soon, we’ll show you how Leap Motion will work with Mac OS X.

With the help of the developer community in our beta program, we’ll continue to refine this OS interaction as well as the innovative apps in Airspace. This program is in place to make sure the Leap Motion experience is what we’ve planned all along: to be the most intuitive, natural, and magical way to interact with your computer and to transform how the world interacts with technology.

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  • Deodorant

    Not bad, willing to give this a try if the price is right

  • sri_tech

    Microsoft should buy this company.

    • http://twitter.com/Makavelli_Jrw ♐Mr.InTernaTionaL♐

      They definitely should and implement it into the Kinect and still have the Leap for computers. The Kinect version could be called Kinect Leap/Leap Kinect..

    • http://twitter.com/FedFanForever Alex

      Leap Motion was started up by a former Apple executive, there is no way in hell they would sell out to Microsoft. If anything Apple will buy them.

      • darthtigris

        Ok. So this brings interaction down to the finger level (from Kinect at the whole body level). It should be an easy buy for MS since the company really has not amassed any real money/fortune I assume.

      • Otto Gunter

        That could happen. Apple was given first crack at Kinect, but they turned it down (iFools). Maybe they could buy Leap motion and then pontificate about how innovative they are.

    • donzebe

      Microsoft may not really need to buy the company because Kinect already does all what Leap motion does only at a larger surface area. All Microsoft need to do is scale down Kinect to finger level and let OEM install in all PC.

  • donzebe

    This thing seem to work well on video but it seem the company is having a big issue because they have move the release date several times. Now it is July. I pre order early last year at their start up site. Just hope they don’t get hit by a big patent infringement when they hit the market.

  • uncle_joe

    Microsoft Research has something similar to this called ‘Digits’. The
    thing with Digits is that your not confined to the limited area above
    the device like this one. It’s like a wrist watch sized Kinect on your
    wrist that reads you finger gestures. So you can be any where in the
    room controlling the computer. It’s a much better concept and makes more
    sense IMO.

  • Otto Gunter

    Am I missing something here? It’s no easier to waggle my finger in front of my screen than it is to touch the damn thing. And if I don’t have touch, I’ll keep my lazy-ass hand on my mouse, which I know has the granularity and effectiveness I need, and works just fine and which I probably need to keep anyway. And I’ll enjoy my Kinect from the other end of the room on my nice comfy couch. Hmmm, sounds like I’m getting old…

    • Adrian

      This won’t cost a fortune like a touch screen plus no smuges

      • Otto Gunter

        What’s a “smuge”?? Sorry, couldn’t resist. [:-)