Leap Motion Controller Review: The Motion Control Experience
Once the Leap Motion Controller is plugged in and the drivers are installed, what happens?
Leap supplies a tutorial, which I would highly recommend using. Any software you use today is optimized for 2D input, so using Leap Motion technology means adapting 3D gestures to a 2D world. You quickly get the hang of making “scrolling” and “pinch and zoom” gestures vertically (although trying to get too fancy can get frustrating) but where the cool factor really kicks in is when you download apps from Airspace, Leap’s own app store.
Some apps are free, some cost money, but all are designed specifically to take full advantage of the Leap Motion Controller. This is where you get the full experience of manipulating objects in 3D. While the pickings are a little slim right now, you can download Google (GOOG) Earth — which is way more cool when you can zoom and rotate by waving your hands in the air — educational and design titles, and of course games.
Considering the size of the device and its price, responsiveness is excellent — at least in Leap-optimized apps. In its Leap Motion Controller review, Engadget had issues with the user’s thumb throwing off finger controls, but I didn’t have the same problem — in the time between reviews, Leap may have tweaked the system.