Anyone know what the story is with Windows 8 apps and the Leap Motion? I would have expected some kind of generic interface and API before now but having spoken to the guys it doesn't look to be the case.
On presale at Amazon and seen the HP announcement, bit concerned that MS might be seeing it as a Kinect competitor and trying to ignore it (IMO a big mistake)
Leap Motion rocks because it's a very high-precision interface. Definitely want one.
@exoteric:I got a developer device a few months ago and can confirm that it is very good at what it does..
IMO there is a world of difference between Kinect 'big space' and Leap Motion 'small space'. But having said that MS should have claimed the small space by moving a little quicker than they have! (Not wishing to take away anything from Kinect which is an awesome device)
They said they were going to make the Leap Motion appear to Windows as a touch screen, with appropriate drivers to be a multi-touch capable device for Windows 8.
It's a case of 'I'll believe it when I see it' with that sort of thing, I imagine it's quite tricky to get the 3D depth/space model that the device natively represents to map to a flat/multi-touch surface, with appropriate heuristics.
Still there would need to be a more 'native' api if you did want to create a Metro app that supported the sort of 'reach right in and grab it' kind of interaction that the Leap Motion should be able to support.
It doesn't look to be there at the moment but a retail release is imminent so I guess sit tight and see. It would be a real shame if Win8 Apps were not supported though, and like you say I would want generic 'mapping support' as well as a proper API to support more interesting scenarios.
Exposing it to the OS as a touchscreen makes more sense than adding specific W8 support. I hope they do it, although IMHO it still remains to be seen how amazing this thing is really going to be. Super-accurate tracking is only one piece of the puzzle.
Two major hurdles to navigate I guess:
1. Can it do what it says it can? (definite tick to this)
2. So what?
Jury is still out on 2 (but it you are a believer in the 'Minority Report' UI then Leap motion is quite a big deal)
So I guess the Company behind this thing has to test the adage 'if we build it they will come' ('they' being software devs)
Nice but I am not yet convinced?
Can't wait to see all of the interactive HD Wobble like applications come out for this...
I'm not impressed with the latency - there could be a UI that is controlled entirely by my nether-regions, but until they get end-to-end response times under 50ms I'm not interested. I feel awkward every time I use a Kinect or Wii controller because I'm so-used to the ultra-low-latency setup I have on my computer.
Whaaa! At least they're trying not to pull a Kin, Zune, or Windows Phone...
I wanted to reach out to update you on the status of our ship date. After a lot of consideration, we've decided to push back the date and will now be shipping units to pre-order customers on July 22nd.
This is not a decision we take lightly. There are hundreds of thousands of people in over 150 countries who have pre-ordered Leap Motion controllers, some as long as a year ago. These people are part of our community and there is nothing more important to us than getting them devices as quickly as possible.
We've made a lot of progress. When we first started taking orders back in May we were twelve (very tired) people in a basement. Now we are eighty (although still tired and possibly still in a basement). We've manufactured over six hundred thousand devices and delivered twelve thousand to amazing developers who are building applications that let people do things that just wouldn't have been possible before.
These developers have given us great feedback that we've used to make huge improvements to the stability and polish of the product. We're really proud of Leap Motion as both a company and a product.
The reality is we very likely could have hit the original ship date. But it wouldn't have left time for comprehensive testing. This will come in the form of a beta test that will start in June. We will give the 12k developers who currently have Leap Motion controllers access to the feature complete product including OS interaction (today developers only have access to the SDK). We will also invite some people who are not developers to join the beta test.
Ultimately, the only way we felt 100% confident we could deliver a truly magical product that would do justice to this new form of interaction, was to push the date so we would have more time for a larger, more diverse beta test.
I really appreciate your patience. I know it's been a long wait. Everyone at Leap Motion is working tirelessly to make sure that the wait is worth it. Thanks so much for your help and support.
David and I will be participating in an open video Q&A using Google Hangout tomorrow at 11:30am Pacific time. To join our hangout, please visit our Google+ page. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact our support team at firstname.lastname@example.org or my personal email (email@example.com). As always, we will not charge pre-order customer's credit cards until the devices have actually shipped.
I think this bodes well, thinking that the O/S integration they talk about could possibly include Windows 8 Apps? (Hope so)
(Removed Note from leap motion as duplicates Death's post above)
LOL. It's pretty clear Ian is blocking my posts (or we just think alike).
Comments have been closed since this content was published more than 30 days ago, but if you'd like to continue the conversation, please create a new thread in our Forums, or Contact Us and let us know.