The Leap Motion controller is supposed to change the way we use computers. After seeing this video of the Leap controlling Windows 8, I’m starting to believe them:
Microsoft designed Windows 8 to be used with touch — that’s why so many PC manufacturers are now shoving touch screens into their computers, with both good and bad results. But the Leap Motion controller makes it seem like Windows 8 should be controlled this way instead, and by default. As you saw in the video, due to the controller’s high level of accuracy, it’s a viable replacement for touch. It might even be better in some cases.
We’ll find out for sure when the Leap Motion controller starts shipping on July 22. It will retail for $80.