Leap Motion Controller Review: Conclusion
The technology that Leap Motion has developed is intriguing. I wouldn’t say that it’s at the point where a Leap Motion Controller is going to replace your mouse, but it offers the most innovative new way to interact with a computer in years.
Some PC makers see it as a potential game changer. Hewlett-Packard (HPQ), for example, recently released the HP Envy 17 with built-in Leap Motion technology.
When it comes with interacting with a PC display with your arm in a horizontal position (something that I really don’t see the point of due to arm fatigue), the Leap Motion controller at least has the advantage of not smearing and smudging the display. And it is a little less tiresome to do it this way than interacting with Microsoft’s (MSFT) Windows 8 on a touchscreen-enabled PC.
But because Leap Motion is so different from a typical PC controller that it needs its own apps to take full advantage of its capabilities, it ultimately faces a similar challenge: getting developers on board to release enough compelling apps to draw in consumers.
As I found during the course of my Leap Motion Controller review, the pickings are a little slim at the moment. Some users — like Elon Musk — may be able to take full advantage of what it can do today, but for the typical PC owner, Leap Motion will likely remain a toy or a demo rather than a productivity tool. However, at $80, the Leap Motion Controller is at least priced for the masses.
As of this writing, Brad Moon did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities.