While surfing the web the other day, I came across what could be a revolutionary device. It's called The Leap. In it's simplest form, it can simulate a touch screen, so you can interact with any display as if it were touch-enabled — scroll through web pages or fly an airplane on your monitor, without any extra development or additional software.
The Leap is a small iPod sized USB peripheral. It creates a 3D interaction space to precisely interact with and control software on your laptop or desktop computer. It’s like being able to reach into the computer and pull out information.
The Leap senses your individual hand and finger movements independently, as well as items like a pen — it’s 200x more sensitive than existing touch-free products and technologies. It’s the difference between sensing an arm swiping through the air and being able to create a precise digital signature with a fingertip or pen. Designers can finally use their hands again.
The product is slated for release in February 2013. It'll be interesting to see how designers use this product to enhance medical technology, games, interactive displays, and everything else. Especially for the low cost of $70.