Way back when, peripherals like mice and keyboards were considered to be the epitome of computer control. A few decades later, track pads and touchscreens have become the norm rather than exception. However, precise computer control remains an art that can only be mastered by a few though this brand new invention called the Leap promises to being expert control over the computer to the fingers of the masses. The iPod sized peripheral connects to a desktop or a laptop via a USB connection and provides 8 cubic feet of 3D interaction space.
The device can be controlled using things like a pen as well as thumbs and fingers. This allows users to create accurate digital signatures using a pen or their fingertips and lets them use functions like pinch to zoom in or out, swipe to turn pages, etc on their existing desktops or laptops. The Leap can motion as small as 1/100th of a millimeter and is around 200 times more sensitive than current touch display technology.
The Leap comes fitted with state of the art Leap Motion Technology that is compatible with Mac OS X and Windows 7 and 8 though the Linux-friendly version is still in development. Priced at $69.99, the device is currently available for pre-order though it will officially be available in stores in early 2013.
Via: Coolest Gadgets