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Leap Motion Offers Users Touchless Control

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In recent years a touch screen became the new must-have feature for innovative tech products, but a new controller takes that concept one step further -- touchless interaction. NY1's Adam Balkin has the story.

It's definitely one of those science fiction concepts that can no longer be filed under any heading with "fiction" in the name -- a system for controlling your computer using just your hands.

You use your hands to control your computer now you say? OK, but this is a system for controlling your computer with your hands, but your hands don't touch a single thing aside from the air in front of your computer.

It's called Leap Motion.

"Leap Motion is a device that sits on a user's desk and creates a 3D interaction space around their computer, so that they can reach into their computers essentially and control it using their hands in mid-air," Leap Motion CEO Michael Buckwald said. "The same way we interact with real objects by grabbing them and sculpting them and pushing them and holding them and touching them."

While the gaming applications are the obvious ones, developers say there will also be more practical uses.

"You can control the cursor, you can click things, you can scroll up or down you can zoom in or out," Buckwald said.

Whether you think this is a gimmick or not, industry insiders say most who get a first-hand experience with a Leap Motion unit are likely to get hooked.

"Whether they're ready for it, they're going to get it," PCMag.com Editor-in-Chief Dan Costa said. "This is going to be the year of gesture based interfaces and the great thing about the Leap Motion is it's at a price point that anyone can afford. So it's almost worth the price just to play with it."

The price point is around $80. Leap Motion units start shipping May 13.

To see some of the software that'll work with it, visit Leapmotion.com/apps.

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