For those who haven’t heard of this technology, Leap Motion is simply a company that develops advanced motion sensing technology for human – computer interaction. It was originally inspired by the frustration surrounding 3D modeling using a mouse and keyboard. The company believes that molding virtual clay should be as easy as it would be in the real world. Continue reading for more.
Founded in 2010 as OcuSpec, the company raised a $1.3M seed financing round in June 2011 with investments from venture capital firms Andreessen Horowitz and Founders Fund as well as several angel investors.
After operating in stealth mode since 2010, Leap Motion publicly announced its first product, The Leap, on May 21, 2012. Preordered devices are set to ship in July of 2013.
Originally, the Leap Motion controller was set to ship in December of 2012. However, this was later delayed to “First quarter of 2013”, then to May 2013 and has now moved to July 2013. The company says it has 600,000 devices already manufactured and ready to ship but needs more time for testing.
Leap Motion has partnered with ASUS who is expected to ship high end notebooks, and AiO (All in One) PCs with the technology later in 2013. Leap Motion also announced a deal with Hewlett Packard to embed its technology within HP computers.
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The Leap Motion controller is a small USB peripheral device which is designed to be placed on a physical desktop, facing upward. Using two cameras and three infrared LEDs, the device observes a roughly hemispherical area, to a distance of about 1 meter (3 feet). It is designed to track fingers (or similar items such as a pen) which cross into the observed area, to a spatial precision of about 0.01 mm.
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Leap Motion has distributed thousands of units for free to developers who are interested in creating applications for the device. The consumer product will launch with a price of US$79.99, and was offered at an introductory price of US$69.99 if preordered before February 27th, 2013. The Leap Motion controller will ship in the week of July 22, 2013 and be available in Best Buy stores at around the same time.