Apologies for the slightly over expressive headline. I think you’ll forgive me when you watch this video from the makers of Leap, a new motion controller for your computers. I’m not entirely convinced this isn’t some odd hoax strung together with clever CGI and witchcraft.
As you can see, the discreet USB box offers amazing precision. It can differentiate between fingers and thumbs, knows a pencil from a pinky and throws up an 8 cubic feet area of motion sensing that’s claimed to be two hundred times more precise than existing motion sensors.
There are a limited number available to pre-order for just $69.99, which is bafflingly cheap compared with existing peripherals. The developers are touting multiple uses, from medical practice to OS navigation but we’re particularly interested in the possibilities for gaming.
The video shows Angry Birds and Fruit Ninja, of course, but it also shows aeroplane control and precise sensing of every child’s natural “gun hand” to replicate shooting a revolver while playing the HDR demo level from Half Life 2. Imagine controlling an RTS with your fingertips, casting spells with hand gestures or slicing up bad guys with a flick of your finger.
They’re distributing free units to plenty of developers so there’s every chance that there’ll be some exciting real world application for this tech very soon. I’m sorely tempted to pre-order one myself.