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http://www.latimes.com/business/technology/la-fi-tn-leap-motion-may-best-buy-20130227,0,4432245.story
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Leap Motion has announced it will begin shipping and selling its computer motion sensor control this May.

The company made waves last year when it introduced the control, which shares the company's name, with a series of YouTube videos showing users controlling their machines much like the way video game players use the Xbox Kinect motion sensor.

Despite originally setting and missing a January deadline, the Leap Motion will start shipping to users on May 13. It will also go on sale at Best Buy stores a few days later on May 19.

The company said users interested in buying the device, can pre-order it from Leap Motion or BestBuy.com now for $79.99 plus shipping and taxes.

The company also said that users who pre-ordered their device before Wednesday will receive the Leap Motion for the $69.99 price they were promised.

“We’re honored and humbled that hundreds of thousands of people have joined Leap Motion’s global community of developers, pre-order consumers and business partners,” said Leap Motion co-founder and CEO Michael Buckwald in a statement.

http://gizmodo.com/5987240/this-sick-3d-gesture-control-hardware-will-only-cost-80
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Leap Motion's amazing-looking gesture control debuted last May, and it's had developers crawling all over it ever since. Now, the company is finally getting ready to sell it to you—and it'll only cost $80.

According to Leap Motion, the new technology is 200 times more accurate than anything else on the market, capable of imaging all ten of your fingers, over a 150-degree field of view, at 290 frames per second. Supposedly accurate to around a hundredth of a millimeter, the device monitors a space four cubic feet in size, and can deftly track individual finger tips, the whole hand, or inanimate objects. The video above shows how impressive it's set to be.

Initially the device will be supported in Windows 7 or 8, and Mac OS 10.7 or 10.8. Having had over 12,000 developers working with it over the last year, at launch there will be compatible software available through the company's own Airspace app store. It'll feature programs from the likes of Autodesk and Corel, as well as a bunch of games including Sugar Rush and Cut the Rope. No doubt that list will grow swiftly.

Pre-orders of the device will ship from May 13th, and it will then go on sale in Best Buy stores from May 19th, for $80. At that price, this thing looks set to fly off the shelves.

also http://techreport.com/news/24420/leap-motion-controller-coming-to-best-buy-on-may-19
Edited by AlphaC - 3/3/13 at 4:56pm
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Got my pre-order in about half a week ago. It's honestly not that expensive and the demo videos make it look so good, so I might as well smile.gif can't wait to actually try it out
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I was actually playing with a beta device this week. This thing is amazingly accurate, especially considering its size when compared to something like Kinect. I had it tracking 16 different points and it was managing it.
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I got my pre-order e-mail yesterday. I signed up for this thing last summer when they first opened up pre-orders for the devices that were going to be ready in January. I'm glad that they have a set date. I think it was ASUS that had committed to including the technology in their notebooks. It's also really awesome they have struck a deal with best buy to launch the device. I really hope this thing pans out, it has everything going for it.
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Can someone please explain what you're supposed to use this for exactly...?
Digital sketchpads are already the best solution for artists/designers seeking to draw stuff (the physical feedback of holding and pressing a stylus is absolutely crucial, ask anyone who is into that) and keyboard/mice/gamepads are already the best solution for any game possible.

Which leaves LeapMotion for...what purpose? Other than quickly getting your arms tired and your shoulders aching?
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Can someone please explain what you're supposed to use this for exactly...?
Digital sketchpads are already the best solution for artists/designers seeking to draw stuff (the physical feedback of holding and pressing a stylus is absolutely crucial, ask anyone who is into that) and keyboard/mice/gamepads are already the best solution for any game possible.

Which leaves LeapMotion for...what purpose? Other than quickly getting your arms tired and your shoulders aching?

Different kind of gaming, likely for a whole different generation of gamers. I think this is one of those devices that is going to hit traction with the young but won't with anybody who has played traditional console games all their life.
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Can someone please explain what you're supposed to use this for exactly...?
Digital sketchpads are already the best solution for artists/designers seeking to draw stuff (the physical feedback of holding and pressing a stylus is absolutely crucial, ask anyone who is into that) and keyboard/mice/gamepads are already the best solution for any game possible.

Which leaves LeapMotion for...what purpose? Other than quickly getting your arms tired and your shoulders aching?

You can use a pen with it as well...

This is a $80 way to make a $2500+ wacom cintiq (http://www.wacom.com/en/creative/products/pen-displays/cintiq/cintiq-24hd) out of any monitor with a glass surface on top.

At worst you can grab a stylus and make thin air into a wacom tablet
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Personally, I'm just hoping it works with the desktop and browsers because I would love to be able to manipulate icons on the desktop, open a browser and browse all my favorite pages with just a move of the hand! I love the idea of not having to use a mouse and just interacting with a system via Minority Report style movements! I haven't preordered yet, but I will before it hits the shelves, I can't wait to try it out!!
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I love the idea of not having to use a mouse and just interacting with a system via Minority Report style movements!

My thoughts exactly! As far as I am concerned this will make touch monitors for home PC and laptops obsolete. No more messy screen from swiping all over the place and poking the screen.
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