Leap Motion – Gestures to Control Computer to be Reality soon!!


In sci-fi movies you might have seen people using hands and gestures to command a computer or a machine and direct its operations. This could be a reality with the help of leap motion technology in near future. Feeling excited? Keep on reading!

What is Leap Motion?

Leap Motion is an American company that manufactures and markets a Computer Hardware Sensor Device that supports hand and finger motions as input, analogous to a mouse, but requires no hand contact or touch. In 2016, company released new software designed for hand tracking in virtual reality.

How does it work?

The Leap Motion controller is a small USB peripheral device (below) which is designed to be placed on a physical desktop. Using two monochromatic IR cameras and three infrared LEDs, the device observes a roughly hemispherical area, to a distance of about 1 meter. The LEDs generate pattern-less IR light and the cameras generate almost 200 frames per second of reflected data.

Gestures Leap Motion Device
Leap Motion Controller

This is then sent through a USB cable to the host computer, where it is analyzed by the a software using “complex maths” in a way that has not been disclosed by the company, in some way synthesizing 3D position data by comparing the 2D frames generated by the two cameras.

Leap Motion will make operating job easier on the computer as it is more accurate than your computer’s mouse.  This with helps you with controlling the computer from three angles using your hands and fingers.