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Leap Motion - Controller

Model: LM-010SKU: 9526603

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Rating 3.3 out of 5 stars with 121 reviews

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  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Good but not refined

    Posted
    Jattix

    What can I say about the LEAP Motion Controller? Well… it works, but… not as I had expected. Let’s by start describing the setup experience. It’s a manual and cumbersome experience. You just do not take out of packaging, follow simple directions and watch the system configure itself, much like you see from today’s new printers. Your first task is visit the LEAP website and download, its control panel and drivers. During this time you are also downloading and installing LEAP’s friendly user interface which is called “Airspace”, which I will discuss later. After installation your next task is to calibrate LEAP to your computer. This requires you “paint” the inside of a window dialog box by holding the device about three or four inches from the screen it so that it is facing your monitor and then you start twisting it with your wrist or hand with circular motions. There is a “large” dot representing your brush and it paints a light green hue over the dialog’s surface. In order for the calibration to be complete, you are scored in your efforts to try to paint as much of the window as possible. When you achieve a score of 80 or greater, then calibration is achieved; however this may not be as easy as it sounds. Typically supposed to take up to two minutes you may find your twisting your LEAP while holding it for over two minutes at which time you may consider starting the calibration process over. As you twist it about trying to paint the window, you see your score shifting in values then you may wonder why your score is so low and does not pass beyond 20. For me I had disconnect my Logitech wireless trackball, because it was interfering with LEAP. Having USB2 or greater also helps. This process takes some patience, although user experience may vary from individual to individual, it took me about 20 minutes of fiddling with it to finally get it calibrated. Once calibrated don’t expect to start navigating through windows or your mac operating system with gestures of magic expecting your computer to obey your every tactile movement. Your next step is to establish a log in account with LEAP via “Airspace”. Don’t worry about if your computer is telling you if your LEAP is not connected. Remember this a cumbersome task. Just use your mouse or laptop finger-pad to access “Airspace”. Create an account, navigate to the Airspace store, and browse under free applications in order to find, “Touchless for Windows”. There is Mac version too! Once you load that then you ready to command your computer with tactile gestures. Think of Airpsace is like your smart phone’s app store. There are limited number of free and pay for applications which you can own to enhance your LEAP Motion Controller experience. Personally I find that the LEAP operates at best when using the apps it is made for as opposed using it to replace your mouse, although you can do that. I found that when pointing and clicking with my hand to be a bit quirky. The greatest challenge is trying to achieve coordination and this takes dexterity and patience. The demos show you people who are very well coordinated as they move about the windows environment making it look like magic. Well it’s not, you need to use it, practice and master it. I bought the LEAP thinking I could use some high end applications like zBrush where I can sculpt digital clay and create 3D art. Well you can’t do that with “Touchless for Windows” which interfaces your LEAP with your computer. It can be achieved but I believe it would require programming a zBrush plugin using the LEAP Software Development Kit. zBrush requires a lot of button holds, the use of the alt, control and shift keys, something that “Touchless for Windows” is not geared for. The most you will get is equal to a button click and scrolling. There is QWERTY keyboard that comes up when you need to enter text, much like your smartphone, but that is the extent of it. So for me LEAP is more of toy and somewhat disappointing as opposed to being something practical. However I do believe that the product has great potential, especially via its Software Develop Kit. The best use of LEAP in its current state in my opinion is using it in tandem with the applications which are designed for it via Airspace. So there you have it. Take the LEAP if you want experiment with fun from a different approach but don’t expect anything too practical, at this point in time.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Fun toy

    Posted
    Anothermous

    The device sets up easily, and the software goes in with no trouble. It is similar to having a Kinect for your fingers. However, unlike the Kinect which looks at you from across the room, the Leap looks up at your hands from underneath. If your hands drop too far it can't see them effectively. Also, if you extend beyond the sensor, then your palms can start hiding your fingers, and they stop being identified. I find that by keeping it a little ahead of my hands I can get a reasonably good response, but this wasn't intuitive, and it took me a bit of practice to find the most responsive location. Ideally, it would probably work better in the location of a web cam, but the given location (under your hands) is much more practical. Of course, you get a case of gorilla-arm, but you knew that going in. I've also had my hand start to cramp while "flying" Google Earth for long periods, but it's so cool that I didn't mind too much. The most obvious issue is with individual software. How software chooses to interpret the data provided by the Leap dictates the user experience a lot. Some don't deal very well with fingers appearing and disappearing (going in and out of view) and can react to this jitter unexpectedly. For instance, an item that you've "picked up" may suddenly rotate, or drop out of your virtual hand. However, software that has been written more carefully takes these irregularities into account and deals with them. So it's entirely up to the software that you're using. For instance, one piece of bundled software was supposed to detect me moving individual fingers, and could never once get it right. Others were nearly perfect. There is some free mouse emulation software, but I found that wasn't as useful as software designed to take advantage of the device directly. As a developer I've been learning how to write code for this device, with varying success. Issues like fingers going in and out of view can be difficult to identify and deal with, so I have some sympathy for some of the software that hasn't managed to get it right. As the Leap matures then the system may start doing more of this work for you. That said, it's doing some very impressive work for you already. To wrap up: - If you put some thought into where you place your hands in relation to what it can see, then you can get good response, but this isn't always natural. - There isn't a lot of Leap enabled software yet, and the quality of individual systems varies, which has a major effect on the user experience. - As a developer, it's an easy system to program for, and a lot of fun. - I'm having a lot of fun using it, both as an end user and as a developer.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Great Idea, needs to evolve

    Posted
    ConnerR
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    This is a great product, the idea means we're one step closer to laughing at Tony Stark himself! Although this stage of the tech has several big problems. 1. Its too small; the size makes it very portable yes, but it makes it easy to bump or even keep still on a desk sometimes because of the cord angle. Not a big deal, except another flaw in its size is its overall range. It does have a wide sensor range, yes. Except if I flip my hand, it loses track of my fingers because a flipped right hand suddenly becomes a left hand. Suggestion: make it wider, and bigger. Maybe curve it upward on each end so it can sense in more directions other than up. 2. This little sucker gets hot pretty quick if you're spending an hour or two configuring things and playing around with it. As does most tech except if this were to become used for practical computer use, it needs to be able to go for much longer. Unless we just stick ice packs under it, hah! 3. The configuration limit so far: it all seems to be a repeated set of motions that ppl seem to be quite comfortable with. Which is great! Exceptthe other issues with the size, shape snd sensor range, these commands are frequently made by mistake, even when you were pretty sure you didn't make the necessary hand gesture for the mistaken command. **4. PLEASE: CO-OPERATE THIS TECH WITH AUDIO CONTROL!!!** Think if this thing could react to not only the motion of a snap of your fingers, but read the noise as well. Or simply hold up your thumb to prepare it to open a program, and you just say "Skype", "Chrome", or even "World of Warcraft". 5. In addition to the reason why Audio Command would be a great implication, is because while your hands are up making commands, where is your keyboard? In Leap Motions current stage, lowering or raising your hands to your keyboard may trigger an unwanted command. Whst if you could just put your hands in a configured position, and speak to type? See, there are many things that can be done to make this a must have for any home, but I wouldn't reccomend it to a friend because its simply incomplete, but a great idea.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Just waiting for the apps

    Posted
    olobley
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    I missed out on the kickstarter buzz, but thought it was an outstanding idea, so when I saw it on bestbuy and figured I could get reward points too it was a no-brainer. Very well designed and built product, feels sturdy and the cables look like they'll stand the test of time (which in my case is somewhat important having two boys under 3 years old in the house who have a habit of showing up just where manufacturers cut corners in their product assembly). Out of the box, I had no issues at all. The software downloaded, installed and detected the leap straight away. It complained about a bright light source (I use it at work, so I would imagine anyone else would have this 'problem'), said it was going into fallback mode and performed flawlessly. The visualizer is fascinating for about 10mins (and anytime anyone wanders by) and impressively accurate. Sadly, it goes downhill from here. The mouse pointer replacement on windows (and Mac) is at the moment a gimmick at best; aiming is trivial, keeping your hands in the right place to 'click' on things is frustratingly difficult. I'm not a UI designer, I'm sure there are reasons for it (maybe I just have early onset alzheimers and a shaky hand...who knows), but it just didn't work for me. The other software titles were interesting for 10-20mins at a time (and again when someone who'd not seen it before wandered by), but I soon tired of them and haven't run them since. I'm hoping the developers (who must be smart, as the product and drivers are so good) are able to refine this part of the interaction/introduce gestures (/maybe hire an Apple engineer...much as people like to beat on them, they certainly know how to make interfaces intuitive and just work...my 2.5 year old figured out the iPad with minimal input from us) so that we can get to the minority report style interaction with the PC. For $80, it'll provide you with a few hours entertainment (, and hopefully a few years worth of new interactivity with your PC/Mac if they can get the software up to scratch)

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Like any Interface device, practice is required

    Posted
    Luckeyd
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus Member

    As the title of my review states this, like many human interface devices requires practice. You should NOT expect to just plug this in and be a master gesture weaver, sweeping your way through applications and menus from day one. Think of the Leap Motion like your keyboard. I am sure none of us stepped up to our keyboards for the first time and was instantly able to sling out 60+ wpm flawlessly. No, we pecked our way with 2 fingers looking at each key and maybe, just maybe got out 10 wpm. After a few weeks we got better. A months and we were not looking at the keyboard so much. A few years down the road and we were typing like champs. Well the Leap Motion is no different. It WILL require practice, you WILL suck at it for the first few weeks, but with consistent use and practice you WILL get better. Now be advised, any "serious" gamers that buy this and expect it to be the new holy grail of controllers should stop that line of thinking right now. This device is not yet ready for serious gaming and probably will not be for some time. This tool is best suited for games designed for ipads and other tablet devices, not your top shelf FPS or MMOs. This is also best suited for Operating Systems that had touch screens and hand gestures in mind when they were designed, these include the latest iOS and Windows 8, any other OS will not get as much benefit as the underlying OS itself was not designed with this type of interface in mind. In summary, please be aware of what you are buying, and be prepared to invest time into this product in order to fully realize its benefits. Too many reviewers buy the device and expect to be masters from the first use, or have an older OS and expect it to work seamlessly, or just have unrealistic intentions like trying to use it for the latest Call of Duty. Try to ensure your expectations for this devices are realistic, or you are sure to have those expectations shattered.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Leapmotion Cool Technological Concept

    Posted
    artteacher1
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase

    I purchased this device because I am an art teacher and was interested to incorporate it into my classroom teaching. I have one....that is it for now. Hopefully in time this device will progress further. From my experience, the Leapmotion is specific to it's applications . There is a free Windows application but I was unable to get it to open. (I have Windows 7) Perhaps it only works with Windows 8. There are tutorials online for all the apps which really helped. The educational apps are great. Surprisingly, there are cooler apps for science than art. This shocked me! It would be really great if it was compatible with any program. The Corel Paint app was no so great. I cannot get it t stop painting. I will visit the tutorial for this one. The other apps had tips while you were working in them but Corel did not. Last, Cut the Rope the most awesome app but it is a game that I would only use to familiarize my students with the device. Please any feedback on how to improve the usage of this device will be welcomed. I would love to incorporate such a cool technology into my curriculum.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Great Idea, low accuracy

    Posted
    urdoom
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    With update still to come, rating it low now would be unfair. As of now, the device's accuracy depends on its location relative to the screen being used. The problem lies in a lack of a calibration tool/application. For example, the device maps out a space above it and tries to associate points and vectors within that space to a display, creating a pseudo display that the hands can "interact" with. Unfortunately, the device cannot know exactly where the user has placed the it in relation to the screen. This may be solved by a simple "point to the highlighted region" test, after which the device can mathematically derive it's location relative to the user's display, and shift the pseudo display to match. This should increase the accuracy with which it connects your hands' locations to the display. A future update may add this capability. Until then, it is a cute, relatively affordable, gadget that I will recommend as a conversation piece, but not something to use frequently in games or general computer usage. My $10 mouse will suffice.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Absolutely junk

    Posted
    Anonymous
    • My Best Buy® Member

    I was so anxious for this to be released after watching the videos. It looked so awesome. Then they delayed it. Then they delayed it again! Then they released it and its nothing like the videos. Its response is slow and it cant track as much as they say at a time. In the video they show it tracking each individual finger and joint. In reality, it constantly looses half your fingers and makes the programs think you spun an object or flicked it. Trying to use it as a Mouse is like trying to type with a 10 foot long pole. It is so cumbersome that you quickly abandon it. I cant find anything good about this. They built up some good hype, but just couldn't deliver. After all those delays telling us your making it better and deliver us this? I've tried to return my second one (Yes, I bought 2 because I thought this was going to be awesome and I would want one at work and home). I sent emails and put in support requests. No response for 3+ days now. Wish I had bought it from BestBuy rather than direct. I could have returned it! Buy a Kinect for your XBOX. It's not perfect either, but much more useful. DO NOT BUY THIS. BEST BUY, I like shopping there. Don't support it and lose money on all the returns that are sure to happen!

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    the future of human/computer interaction

    Posted
    Rward

    It is a completely new way of interacting with your computer. This is not a replacement for the keyboard and mouse, just a new interface. This is NOT the kinect, and it wasn't meant to be. This is a tool for creativity. The device is very precise and has almost no lag. some applications out there are not utilizing it properly and it my seem unresponsive, but this is not the device's fault. It is the software that was written for the device. it is like have a key board and you are using it on an application that somebody made and it doesn't work. Its not the keyboards fault, its the software's. There is only a few apps out for it right now, but that is only because it came out a couple of days ago. Developers need time with the device to create software for it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    1+ years and still far from ready.

    Posted
    SouthFloridaTechie
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    I'll preface this review by saying I had very high hopes that the leap would be the product I wanted it to be. I had been following it since it's kickstarter days and really wanted this to be something big and a change in the way we used and interfaced with our computers/tablets/etc. In the end, the initial reviews were lackluster and I gave it more than a full year before picking up mine on sale to give it a good try. By the end of the first day using it, I knew that it hadn't come very far, and in fact, didn't even seem to have the functionality that it had a year ago. (some apps no longer on the app store that were there at launch due to those companies dropping support) I gave it another week to see if I could find some real use for it other than the demo's (which were the most functional applications out there at this time) but it's just not ready for mainstream, mainly due to lack of application support.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Still In Development

    Posted
    fld1
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus Member

    I pre-ordered this last year after watching all the videos. It's a bit difficult to set up. Because of it's high sensitivity it is also very sensitive to smudges. The most fun app was cut the rope but it only had two levels which I completed in about 1/2 hour and that was done. I also downloaded the touchless for windows and put it in advanced mode. It wasn't very intuitive and definitely didn't work well. It was too sensitive to every single thing I was doing. It often would mistake my movements and do something that I didn't want it to do. The cursor seems too small to be controlled by a motion sensor. It felt wildly out of control. Overall it was too hard to be practical for daily computing but some of the games are fun. It's like a Wii controller for PC.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    it is about useless

    Posted
    Kaqthy
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    I bought this right from the dealer when it first came out on kickstarter. After waiting forever for it to arrive and unpacking it. I am rather disappointed. The device should come with at least a couple of games or something to make it useful. The games and other apps that are available for it are over priced and most don't work. About the only thing I have found to do with this device is use it to unlock my computer with a scan of my palm and that only seems to work about 40% of the time. The apps are slow to download, the device is inaccurate and at this point in time not much use. If some more apps are put out for the device or if it actually works with windows OS it might be salvageable but as it stands i would rather just return the device and get my money back. Too bad I can't. Might look at a kinect, it seems better then this.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Not many apps, designed for win 8! ONLY

    Posted
    CoolHandE

    I very interested in touchless commands and control, while I was waiting for the Kinect for Windows I saw this device and I thought I would give it a try. I installed it and followed all the EASY directions... The orientation was easy and no problems. After installing the program I opened the store for more apps. They were only a SMALL handful of FREE apps available for the device all the rest of the programs cost an additional $3-10, which normally isn't a problem but in this case with VERY little usability. I installed the additional gestures for windows and tested, the program worked but was VERy difficult to master. It was overly sensitive and was VERY difficult to double click. I uninstalled the programs and will return this to the store. Overall it was a WELL made device with NOT a lot of USE or Application support EXCEPT for WIN 8 users who don't have a touch screen. If your looking to add touch to Win8 this is GREAT, if you are looking for more than the basics of touchless control wait for a better device.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    A lot of potential

    Posted
    thekimjongillest
    • My Best Buy® Member

    The Leap Motion is something new that offers what may seem like an intuitive way of controlling a PC/Mac; however, in its current state, it isn't as reliable or useful as one may hope. Many of the apps do no work the way they are intended. Trying to use the Leap Motion to control a browser is more trouble than its worth. After fiddling with it for a few days, I couldn't find a reason to use it over a mouse or trackpad. I tried playing cut the rope with the leap motion, while it does work, it's not as precise as one may hope. The item is directed towards the tech savvy but its usefulness to be more casual based.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Wow new Hands free device

    Posted
    Fastbuck
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    Bought a new HP laptop and noticed that they offered it built right into the lap top, but I am more of a hands on buyer, so at Best Buy they had a very simular Model Envey, bought it and a week later the leap motion, hooked it up pretty easy to load it onto the apps and started using it, It works good and ever so often does glitch, but it is just a matter of moving your hand in and out of the pick up screen. Had friends try it and is pretty cool using google earth, a free app, flying over at low levels. The sculting app is easy to use and fun to shape. The only thing that I have not figured out is how to use the controller mode for using pictures as it seem's sensitive, but for the money is a great add on!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Disappointing, for me at least

    Posted
    pkguitarman
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    Yes, in theory, it seems like a great graphic art tool, but in actuality, I simply couldn't get it to work, and on two computers--a desktop and a laptop--both Windows 7 Professional. The software install kept telling me that my video card was more then three months old and needed to be updated. Although I was wondering if anyone in the world had a video card that was less than 3 months old, I went ahead and everything possible to update, but nothing worked. In fact, all attempts served to only mess up my computers to such an extent, that they had to be restored. Although I realize that the unit does in fact work for many other people, in my case it didn't, so I returned it, but did so sadly, as I had been hoping for a better outcome.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    It's a start

    Posted
    hal15
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus Member

    I per-ordered last year and received it a few weeks ago. I had problems using four monitors with win7 pro, it kept moving my icons all over the place. I then re-booted to win8 pro and was able to select multiple monitor. the unit seems VERY sensitive but it works, still playing with calibration. The app store was disappointing as it seems to be almost all games, I'm not a game player, I did download win touch less but it also need more work. This not a mouse replacement yet but I think in time it will make it. I rated it as 5 stars because it is new technology that you can play with at a good price, and I see improvements coming soon.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Will not work on USB hubs

    Posted
    tnlobo420

    Been waiting for 10 months (pre-ordered), I was sadly disappointed Intermittent "service working", but that may be an issue with the USB drivers in my comp. Very difficult learning curve - you must have lots of patience and several days to master (it seems). What prompted me to get a refund was the statement that the device will not work on a USB hub (I did get mine to work for an hour on a powered hub). But after that I couldn't get it to work on any USB port. My desktop is 15' from the monitor - way too much trouble and very frustrating to operate - I'll wait a few years until the tech is perfected. Try it and make your own decisions - always take it back (leap motion hasn't even set up their returns yet). But BestBuy should have no problem - good luck !!.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Leap Motion Controller not so good.

    Posted
    EDS1957
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus Member

    Have been waiting for this device to come out, thinking it would make any computer a touch screen as it was claiming. Sorry, it barely functions to do anything at all. After thinking it was just me, the calibration of the unit is very hard to convince the test you are doing it right. I did try some of the free apps like the New York Times which did work. But it's just plain hard to convince the sensor and the dots on the screen to choose anything. You want to try and type with the controller, good luck. If you think it's going to be easy to use and make swiping easy, sorry it was not. This device is not ready or the software is not ready, either way it's not ready! You should just buy a touch screen PC!

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Very promising technology

    Posted
    Urutoraman
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus Member

    This is really promising and impressive technology. As good as Microsoft Kinect. I just bought it a few hours ago, installed it and my son doesn't let go the computer. Touchless works very well with Windows 8, no need to get a touch screen. As I mentioned, software needs a few more cycles to get there, but what I have seen so far will change how people will interact with computers. If this is the first version of the hardware, I am pretty sure version 2.0 will blow our minds.... a little more closer to a Minority Report interface. Keep up the good work Leap Motion.

    I would recommend this to a friend