Leap Motion: As far as controllers go it’s not a big leap forward… yet

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Leap Motion is expected to debut on Monday its $79.99 gesture-based motion controller, but after a little time spent playing with it –and even after my six-year-old daughter took her turn, we’re not sure this is the interface of the future. It lacked the intuitive connection between thinking and doing that Apple’s touchscreen delivered or the instant appeal that the Nintendo Wii or the Microsoft Kinect both offered.

While Leap’s Airspace app store is stocked with some fun games, the Leap Motion controller isn’t as simple to use as one might hope, although it’s early days and with the right app it might become an awesome experience.

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First, a bit of history and details on the Leap Motion controller. The company behind it, Leap Motion, was formed in 2010 to build a gesture-based controller that “sees” your hand moving in a field above a three-inch bar packed with sensors and…

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New York Times to release gesture-controlled Leap Motion news app

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Want to read the New York Times with a wave of your hand? The paper will let you do that, to a certain extent, when it releases an app for the gesture-controlled Leap Motion device that launches July 22.

The free app, which will include top stories only and doesn’t require (or allow) digital subscribers to log in, lets users navigate between stories by moving their hand over the device. According to the release, “The app also features advertising capabilities that allow brands to connect with New York Times readers using motion-controlled ad units embedded as cards between articles.”

“This preliminary app is a first step. We look forward to exploring other ways to deliver our world-class journalism to the growing Leap Motion customer base as we continue this ongoing collaboration,” Denise Warren, EVP of the NYT’s digital products and services group, said in a statement. The Leap Motion app…

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