Before you start reading, watch the video. It’s cool, trust me. Way better than an a bunch of words.
Okay now that you’ve watched the video you can change your pants (I assume you soiled you pants with excitement) and read the article. What you just saw was the Leap, a revolutionary new computer peripheral. It’s around the size of an Altoids tin and it plugs into your computer’s USB port. What it basically does is allow you to control your computer in 3D space, as apposed to using your mouse in 2D. Think of it this way: if the Kinect was a mouse trap, the Leap is a rat seeking robot. The Leap is so sensitive that by grabbing a pencil you can draw fine lines within a single square centimeter. Did you see when they showed gameplay? This seems like the first legitimate way to play FPS without a controller. Sure we had Blackwater but that was kind of… stupid.
I watched this video and I really felt like I was watching a scifi movie. This is the kind of stuff that we think of when we have fantasies about the future. As soon as the video started Minority Report popped into my head. Which is what makes me kind of weary of it. We all know things are never as good as the demo. Plus the fact that it only costs $70 is a little suspicious. I’d expect it to cost at least a couple hundred. I’m really excited about this but I’m prepared for a big let down. Engadget did do a video on it, but I’m going to keep my money in my wallet until it’s on shelves and there’s a consensus on how well it works. If it doesn’t work out I’ll just save my money for when the hoverboards come out in 2015. But if it does…
The Leap will be available in February 2013. You can pre-order it now for $70+shipping.