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Minority Report is real — welcome to the world of the Leap

“Shut up and take my money” we say to Leap — the US$70 Kinect-like device which replaces your mouse. But is it too good to be true?

No actually, it’s as real as apples and rainbows but at least three times more life-affirming. From Leapmotion comes the Leap, and the company is so confident of its success that it’s saying “it’s like day one for the mouse.” More like it’s a super-cheap Kinect for PC. Rock on.

It’s the size of a flash drive, and is believed to be 200 times more accurate than a mouse. Leap also claims that it can “distinguish your individual fingers and track your movements down to a 1/100th of a millimeter.” If this ain’t fancy, then nothing is.

Calibration is also said to take seconds. Plug the Leap into a spare USB port, wave your hands around like you just don’t care and boom, done.

Leap is a smart cookie. It can tell fingers from thumbs, pencils from bananas and wrap its head around most handheld items.

Leap’s had a rapid development cycle and in under four years, it’s managed to eke it’s way silently into the market.

The capabilities of the Leap seem endless. We can imagine first-person shooters the way they were meant to be played, with gun fingers! 3D-modelling will become a breeze and web browsing is going to take on a life of its own.

And oooh girl, developers get a free SDK to play around. Leap supports Mac and Windows (and Windows 8 in the future) as well as Linux in the near future. It’s a hackers dream toy.

Order it now, do it you crazy fool! First shipments are scheduled for December 2012 or, at the latest, January 2013.

Author Bio

Steven Norris: grumpy curmudgeon
Steven Norris is a born writer, living in Tamboerskloof, Cape Town and educated in the ways of graphic design but destined to follow in the footsteps of the worlds greatest authors. He has had many years of experience as an SEO copywriter, learning the ropes the hard way before... More