Say goodbye to your mouse and keyboard
Leap represents an entirely new way to interact with your computers. It’s more accurate than a mouse, as reliable as a keyboard and more sensitive than a touchscreen. For the first time, you can control a computer in three dimensions with your natural hand and finger movements.
This isn’t a game system that roughly maps your hand movements. The Leap technology is 200 times more accurate than anything else on the market — at any price point. Just about the size of a flash drive, the Leap can distinguish your individual fingers and track your movements down to a 1/100th of a millimeter.
This is like day one of the mouse. Except, no one needs an instruction manual for their hands.
Get ready, get set, go.
We asked one simple question: ‘What feels natural?’. Using a Leap is easy. And the next thing you know, a swipe in the air leads to a swipe of the page. So that nice LED display remains clean and untouched, as it should be.
Setup is just as intuitive. Plug The Leap into a USB port. Load the Leap Motion software. Do a quick wave to calibrate. That's it.
In minutes, you’ll be able to interact with your desktop using natural hand and finger movements.
It sounds too good to be true, we know. But, that’s what we specialize in around here.
We are changing the world
Two or three hundred thousands lines of code later, we’ve figured out how to use The Leap to create an interaction space around your computer, in 3D. Able to distinguish thumbs from fingers, and even handheld items like pencils. This allows users to interact like never before, using only natural movements.
And we went a step further. You will be able to create custom gestures that fit how you want to use your computer. You can even network more than one Leap device, to create even larger interaction areas.
We’ve been able to link Leap to dozens of applications and operating systems.
But this is just the beginning. As our development community builds, who knows what the future holds?
What exactly is The Leap?
The Leap is a small iPod sized USB peripheral that creates a 3D interaction space of 8 cubic feet to precisely interact with and control software on your laptop or desktop computer. It’s like being able to reach into the computer and pull out information as easily as reaching into a cookie jar.
The Leap senses your individual hand and finger movements independently, as well as items like a pen. In fact, it’s 200x more sensitive than existing touch-free products and technologies. It’s the difference between sensing an arm swiping through the air and being able to create a precise digital signature with a fingertip or pen.
What can I do with The Leap?
The possibilities are endless, really. Computer power has grown exponentially over the years, but the way we interact with those computers has not. With LEAP, virtually every kind of application, across every industry, can be re-imagined.
Art. Healthcare. Engineering. Operating Systems. Gaming. If you can imagine it, we’re pretty confident there’s a remarkable member of our developer community who is already working to create it.
What is Leap Motion technology?
Leap Motion technology is a breakthrough in computer interaction, using a patented mathematical approach to 3D, touch-free motion sensing and motion control software that’s unlike anything that currently exists on the market or in academia. Developed over the past 4 years, Leap Motion moves far beyond the current technologies designed for distant arm waving.
How much does The Leap cost?
The Leap will retail for $69.99, and a limited number are currently available for pre-order at LeapMotion.com.
How does The Leap impact computing?
For decades people have been given a dream of what computers would be – from Star Trek holosuites to Tom Cruise swiping through Minority Report’s 3D computer interface. But it’s never made it out of the lab and into real life – until now. The ability to control any computer with nuanced hand and finger movements will fundamentally transform the way people interact with computers.
Who is The Leap ideal for?
Everyone! We envision a day in the near future when our motion control technology will be used in most consumer products – not just computers, but cars, appliances, medical devices, light switches and more. There are already many great uses for a variety of people.
Who is LEAP? How did you get started?
The original inspiration behind Leap came from our frustration with 3D modeling— something that took 10 seconds in real life would take 30 minutes with a computer. Molding virtual clay with a computer should be as easy as molding clay in the real world. The mouse and keyboard were simply getting in the way.
Could we figure out a way to control computers in a better, more natural way—and without settling for the limitations of available technology? After four years of hard work, we’ve got the answer. Now it’s time to have fun.
What makes Leap Motion stand out?
Leap Motion is the only technology focused on bringing motion control to the desktop – rather than trying to take what’s been built for TV (large gesture sensing) and make it work for computers. We incorporate natural motions and finger tracking in far greater detail and sensitivity, than any product on the market. The Leap is ~200x more accurate than any other motion sensing/natural user interface on Earth.
Do you support windows?
Yes! We also support native touch emulation for Windows 8.
How about Linux?
Linux support is on the agenda.
What if I have a question that is not covered here?
We have full-time staff dedicated to community outreach. Write firstname.lastname@example.org.
Why does Leap Motion matter? What problem do you solve?
Computers have always been remarkable. The ways we’ve connected to those computers, however, have always struck us as clunky. Typing? Seriously? That’s fine for writing a novel. But it’s hardly the most natural, intuitive way to communicate.
It may seem unorthodox, but remember: all the big innovations have been viewed that way, too. Wireless. The horseless carriage.
Who are your partners?
Our partners include many of the world’s largest companies. In the consumer electronics space for example, we expect to integrate our technology into tablets, smart phones, laptops and game systems.
Tell me about the Leap Motion team.
Our initial technology breakthrough came from co-founder and CTO David Holz. David was working on a PhD in mathematics from UNC Chapel Hill and left to pursue Leap Motion. Before that, he was conducting research for NASA on fluid mechanics.
Michael Buckwald is the CEO and co-founder. Prior to founding Leap Motion, Michael was the CEO of Zazuba.com.
Michael and Dave are childhood friends from Florida.
August 22, 2013 by John Begood Recommended
So the leap arrived in a small neat box- I opened it up and saw a nice intuitive packaging- there's a sticky cling on the leap that says to set it up online- easy enough. I hooked it up and downloaded the software. I then went into airspace and got some free apps to use with the Leap- first up - navigating windows with Leap and the app touchless. I found myself going towards the screen with my finger to make my cursor go up like how you navigate with a mouse. With the leap doing that selects what you are looking at, so there's a learning curve involved, that being you have to move your finger up to move your cursor up and then push towards the monitor to select. That said, it is very touchy and hard to get use to. Honestly staying with my mouse unless this gets improved. For games- Roshambo- it detected rock, paper, scissors very well when I gestured that with my hand. The Leap intro also showed all 5 of my fingers on my hand and moved them appropriately, it was like my hand was in the computer. I feel a little disappointed in the function of it- I guess I was hoping for an accurate, not touchy, 3d way to navigate windows. I tried it with browsing as well, and found it hard to hone in on the links in the webpage to press them- when I went towards the screen to press it, it moved due to natural movement (can't make your hand stay perfectly in line while moving), so this made it hard.
Conclusion: I think this device has great potential and is fun to use! I wouldn't recommend it for replacing your mouse just yet, but for fun and development, purchase it, it's pretty neat! I have seen videos of the Leap coupled with the Rift and I think the 2 devices combine beautifully and look forward to what they think of next!
August 22, 2013 by Jen Ko Recommended
I had expected Leap to be bigger, but it's quite small and very light. Set up was really easy. At first, it's a bit hard to control because it is pretty sensitive. The first game I tried was Boom Ball which takes awhile to master. It's a pretty simple and fun game, but after awhile my arm got tired.
I got the app called Touchless for Mac which you can use Leap to scroll, click on browsers and other applications. Although it is supposed to act as a mouse, it is much harder to use Leap to navigate than a normal mouse. It's really hard to click on a small button (like the red x) because your hand is just in mid air- hard to keep it steady. It's fun to play around with, but it doesn't replace the mouse by far.
The Kyoto app has really pretty graphics and I think it's more of a tutorial/warm up than a real game. You simply drag the shooting stars to the moon and it makes cool effects. My favorite game so far is Shimsham. The concept is not like any game I've played before, but very simple. You have a block and a circle and so does your opponent, and you rotate your world to get your block to smash into your opponent's circle. It's only two player but it's really fun, I play with my friends all the time. However, while playing Shimsham I find that sometimes it fails to register my hand movements and I'm unable to move for a few seconds.
There's not a lot of apps in the app store right now, but I'm sure more games and apps will be released. I don't think Leap can replace the mouse, but it is a cool device for gaming on the computer.
August 29, 2013 by Stephen Svajian Recommended
October 18, 2013 by Thalmus Juria Recommended
I'm looking forward to more apps for this device in the near future. I use this for my PC with Windows 7 and setup was a breeze. I've yet to try most of the paid apps but I hope it attracts more developers soon. It takes getting used to but there are tutorials available on their website. You have to be patient though since it may be a steep learning curve for average users.
January 16, 2014 by Linda Boyd Recommended
This was Amazing!!! I can not imagine that everyone in the world would love this. People with disabilities would also benefit from Leap. It works wonderful and is easy to use. I am sure I will continue to learn more that it does as I go along. If you could only buy 1 item for your computer this is it. Job well done!!