The Leap Motion makes Windows 8 look… awesome [Video]


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.

[via Leap]

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  • JT

    Not a huge difference at all if you already use one, just something that those accustomed to a standard mouse would have to get accustomed to. To me it’s just a matter of which is easier, and more practical. My touch screen devices are a phone, or a tablet, much easier to use the touch interface on them vs a desktop, or laptop screen. just my opinion.

  • Enrique

    [@David] That’s a very good point. I think the Leap will actually enable certain apps to be better, and that might be the focus. It just happened to make Windows 8 look better to use.

    Check out the introduction video of the Leap, it should give you a good idea.

  • David

    Would this still be useful for those who wish to use Win 8.1 & go straight to conventional desktop- or with anything other than the ‘modern’ UI or conventional style apps?

    Seems to apply to a certain style of UI and range of function.

  • Ed

    You’d have to do the same thing with a touch screen so what’s the difference?

  • Enrique

    [@Louis] It just depends where you place the controller. Here’s a walkthrough video that might help:

  • Col. Panek

    This will be very entertaining. People talking to apparently themselves on their headsets, and waving their fingers.

  • Louis

    JT makes a good point, I’ve just “simulated” pretending to be using one, since it does seem to be a great thing in principle, there are some questions re practicality :

    In fact, my main machine is in fact a high end 17″ laptop, so the screen is low, compared to an external monitor. This means that in theory, since my arm is resting on the desk, and with my hand resting on the palm-rest of my wireless keyboard, which lifts it a little from the desk, it would be at a natural position of about one third from the bottom of the screen, in a reasonably comfortable position.

    However, the laptop is usually pushed further away from me than normal, as I use the wireless keyboard inbetween — so the question I’m wondering about (wouldn’t like to only find out after I’ve bought it) is how far from the screen does your hand need to be for this to work ?

    Does anyone know ? (I realise it’s not on the market yet, but perhaps some dotTechies have been able to give it a try as a beta or something ?).

    Well if tiredness can be overcome, and this can in fact be used the way I’m hoping it can, it would seem to be a great additional way to interact with my laptop — almost like having a tablet and laptop in one, and yes, no finger marks !

    I’m sure if this turns out to be a practical and actually usable device, we can expect to see some desktop software also adapted to make use of this new facility …. time will tell, since I’ve also purchased some other devices here in China, which seemed to be a good idea in principle, but turned out to be useless in practice, like the “finger mouse” which is basically a large ‘ring’ on your finger, used as a mouse.

  • jayesstee

    No more finger marks on the screen?

  • JT

    Looks really cool, but after a while everyone’s arms are going to get tired from holding them up the entire time….