Leap Motion Controller is a small, compact 3″ device that senses how your hands move in order to point, wave, reach and grab on your computer. You can flip through photos, play music by lifting a finger, and build or manipulate 3D objects. The device was easy to install and I liked that there were several Leap Apps that readily available to start using right out of the box. Apps fall into three categories Play, Create, and Learning. The whole family got in on the fun and was pushing to get their turn to try a new app. One cool insight that I learned in the set up process is that there are 29 bones, 29 joints, 123 ligaments, 48 nerves, and 30 arteries in just one hand. Leap Motion Controller takes skeletal tracking into a new direction as well as making it just plain fun for whomever uses it.
It is important to note that the Leap Motion Controller doesn’t replace your keyboard, mouse, stylus, or trackpad, but it does work with them. The Leap Motion Controller is a cool, new device with lots of possibilities; however, it does have some growth to do in order to get the refinement needed to use for even more applications. The good news is that the team at Leap Motion seem to be on a fast-track to adding new features and I always like companies that are close to developers and user communities. Leap Motion is excelling at that. Check out their website www.leapmotion.com. I highly recommend getting the Leap Motion Controller for the techie that wants to play with new technology as well as for kids that want to learn through interactive gestures.
Teachers around the world have purchased Leap Motion Controllers for their classrooms, and at $80, it’s also an affordable way to provide enrichment at home this school year.
Leap Motion comes with Airspace, an app store with access to educational apps for all ages across a variety of subjects. Here are a few examples:
- Curious Kids – Explore animal sounds, practice counting and even play the piano
- TVOKids Caterpillar Count – Help your child learn to count with by guiding a caterpillar around the screen with their finger to collect numbers in sequential order
- Google Earth– Soar above the cities, mountains, rainforests, and oceans on Earth, or discover new sights on the moon and Mars
- Nokia’s Here.com – Fly above 25 world cities – from Barcelona to Vienna – with a tiny paper airplane
- Cyber Science – Learn how the human body works, pull apart and put back together portions of the body
- Frog Dissection – Examine 3-D models of organs (no formaldehyde required!) and experience the lifecycle of a frog
- Power of Minus Ten – Learn about the structures of key cells, proteins and molecules of the human hand
- AirBeats – Capture your natural air drumming movements and play in a variety of styles, with different kits and patterns
- AirHarp – Reach out to pluck and strum a virtual harp, with quick access to a variety of musical scales
- FingerTapps Piano – Tap out classic compositions on a virtual grand piano or electric organ, with play-along instructions to guide you through each song
Apps range in many different categories.