Leap Motion controller to hit local shelves, soon

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Gadget fans, rejoice. The Leap Motion controller, first teased in 2011, will go on sale within the next two weeks. The device will be exclusive to local technology retailer, Incredible Connection.

The Leap Motion is, for all intents and purposes, a Kinect sensor for computers. However, unlike Microsoft’s Xbox add-on, which is used for full-body tracking, the Leap Motion is far smaller and better suited to tracking precise movements from hands and fingers. Just about a third the size of a portable hard drive (80mm long and 13mm thick), the tiny device creates a 3D motion field in front of a user, allowing for air gestures. Inside the 1-metre-wide hemisphere it can motion-track all ten fingers, and has accuracy to 1/100th of a millimetre.

As an input device it isn’t meant to replace a mouse or keyboard, but rather supplement those peripherals. However, software needs to be supported to work with the device. For that, Leap Motion has its Airspace marketplace, where developers can add their Leap Motion-enhanced software, as well as plugins for existing software to use the controller – just like SpaceX did, when it used the Leap Motion to simulate the virtual reality interface from the Iron Man movies.

Incredible Connection has confirmed to us that it will retail for R1 299.95 (the US price is $79.99, excluding tax and shipping). It requires a USB 2.0 port, and will work with any computer that runs Windows 7/8, or Mac OS X 10.7 or later.

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Christo van Gemert

Christo van Gemert

Eleven years ago Christo started writing about technology for one of South Africa's (then) leading computer magazines. His first review? A Samsung LCD monitor. Hey, it was hot news, back then. Nowadays he gets more excited about photography, cars, game consoles, and faster internet connections. He's sort of an Apple fan, but will take any opportunity to remind you about his Windows-powered home theatre PC and desire to own a vanilla Android tablet.   Currently uses: Apple 13-inch Macbook Pro with Retina Display, Apple iPhone 5, Microsoft Laser Mouse 6000, Audiofly AF78 Earphones, Xbox 360, Nikon D50.