New Leap Motion Controller Draws Interest from Developers

The upcoming Leap Motion Controller allows users to control their computers with gestures. But this goes beyond the basics like hand motions or jumping around and enters the realm of “painting” on the screen via fingertips with incredible control. Autodesk and other drawing-focused software makers are among those working with Leap Motion to make apps compatible with the new Controller. Game makers are also developing for the device.

All of this development is occurring before the device has even shipped. It is scheduled to begin shipping May 13.

“But, says CEO Michael Buckwald, they already have ‘hundreds of thousands of pre-orders,’ so it looks like they are developing a large market for developers (over 12,000 are in the Leap Motion developer program — out of 50,000 who applied) so it’s possible that Leap Motion could become a pretty big deal,” writes Slashdot (the post includes a 12-minute video).

Apps will be available via the Airspace store, also launching in May. According to the Leap Motion apps page, a wide range of areas are covered including graphics & design, games, music, science & education, photos & video, health & fitness, business and much more.

“With a wave of a hand or lift of a finger, you’re about to change the way you use your computer,” claims Leap Motion. “The Leap Motion Controller senses how you move your hands, the way you move them naturally. So you can point, wave, reach, and grab. Even pick something up and put it down. Just like in real life.”

The Leap Motion Controller device is available for $79.99 on the company’s pre-order page.