Even as Microsoft lets Kinect for Windows wither on the vine, San Francisco-based startup Leap Motion, Inc is gearing up to launch its first product: an eponymous motion-control device the size of a flash drive. Capable of accurately tracking finger movements to within a hundredth of a millimeter, the Leap Motion controller will begin shipping in May.
The company said today that it will begin shipping out pre-ordered units on May 13 before making the motion-sensing device available exclusively through Best Buy stores across the U.S. on May 19. While Leap Motion is still taking pre-orders through its website from both within and outside the U.S., it has also announced an additional pre-order destination for those in the U.S. Beginning today, U.S.-based customers will be able to pre-order the $80 gesture-based controller from BestBuy.com.
“We’re honored and humbled that hundreds of thousands of people have joined Leap Motion’s global community of developers, pre-order consumers and business partners,” said Leap Motion co-founder and CEO Michael Buckwald in a press release Wednesday. “We know people have been eagerly waiting, and today I’m happy to announce we’re bringing the Leap Motion Controller to the world less than a year after we introduced our technology. We’re taking the time needed to provide an incredible user experience and robust ecosystem of applications for consumers to explore the new power and magic Leap Motion brings to computing.”
Later this year, you might find yourself in possession of a Leap Motion controller without directly purchasing one. Confused? Well, this is because Asus plans to bundle the “world's most accurate 3-D motion-control technology” with some of its Haswell-powered notebooks and all-in-one PCs.