August 21, 2013

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Leap Motion – Lacks a killer app

In May of 2012 there was a lot of hubbub over this new “Leap Motion” controller. I thought it sounded like a really cool idea (Who didn’t?), so I pre-ordered one. Much to my excitement it arrived while I was on vacation. Once I got back I had a chance to play with it… and I was much less excited.

The original title for this post was “Leap Motion — Fun for about 15 minutes”, because that is about the life cycle of my Leap. I plugged it in, got it all setup (which was very easy), and was greatly entertained for about 15 minutes. The tutorial application shows off a lot of cool capabilities. Unfortunately what you find out very quickly after that is, like all new technology, the

Airspace™ Store (where you buy apps for the Leap Motion controller) is lacking.

The title says it all, the Leap has no killer app currently. Playing Fruit Ninja on another platform is amusing, but not really a reason to sink money into a Leap. I found a Chrome Extension to scroll via Leap, again entertaining, but not really useful in the long run. At the end of the day, there is no GREAT use for the Leap Controller, maybe not even a GOOD use for it. I’m holding out my hope for some killer apps down the line, but for now if you don’t have a Leap, save your money.