One device getting a lot of buzz at SXSW Interactive is the Leap Motion Controller, which allows you to control your computer with hand motions in mid-air. We first caught sight of the controller over the weekend at Drone Games, when one team used it to control their quadcopter drone with up, down and tilting hand motions. Today we ventured over to Leap’s demo tent near the Austin Convention Center. Since the device doesn’t hit stores until May, SXSW has become its public debut.
The USB device creates a virtual two-foot cube above it where it can precisely discern all 10 fingers and the motions they make in 3D. So grabbing a block and moving it to another position or molding virtual clay are just some of the possibilities. While impressive for games and simulations, the controller could also change the way we interact with web sites sand web applications. Leap Motion’s director of developer relations Avinash Dabir walked us through how the new controller could advance the idea that best user interface is no interface. Check out his demo in this video: