Hot on the heels of the muscle-reading MYO armband gesture input device announcement, Leap Motion is reminding its fans that its own gesture input device will soon be on the market. In fact, the new controllers are going to start shipping the week of May 13. On May 19th, the units will be for sale at Best Buy.
The Leap Motion Controller looks like an ordinary USB drive. But set it in front of your PC or Mac, and you can control your computer with gestures ranging from your hand motions to individual finger movements. Obviously, there are a lot of potential applications for gesture technology, and Leap Motion has the same plan that most of these budding gesture input companies do: woo developers from the beginning. In Leap Motion’s case, it’s sending more than 10,000 units to developers to build up the catalog in its app store.
And speaking of that app store, Leap Motion also announced that Airspace will be open when the units ship in mid-May. Leap Motion is touting software from Autodesk, Corel, Disney Interactive, and other well-known companies that will be available at the Airspace app store at launch.
Leap Motion has been taking preorders for a while now. The controller is going for $79.99, charged when the unit ships.