Watch: A Practical Preview Of Leap Motion

Leap Motion wants to make motion control your next mouse. Here’s a look at what the developers of the to-do app Clear have done with the SDK.

Nowadays, hardware is only as good as what third-party developers can do with it. So while Leap Motion’s sub-millimeter accuracy in tracking our gestures sounds remarkable, all of that sci-fi tech only matters if everyday apps take advantage of it.

So far, so good. In this clip, we see Clear—the most gesturally beautiful to-do list in the world—running in OS X with Leap Motion. Fingers seem to work pretty well at selecting the thin, individual lines of the list. And simple full-hand swipes wipe finished items away. Close scrutiny reveals that it’s not quite as robust as Clear’s gesture-heavy iPhone app. For instance, the option to pinch down lists—one of Clear’s most elegant features seems to be completely lacking at this time. But developers aren’t quite done with the app yet.

And the fact that we’re even comparing the iPhone screen and SDK with the Leap Motion is very promising for Leap. The only question that remains is, does anyone have incentive to finger through a Clear list rather than just using the mouse? In this instance, I’m not so sure.

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[Hat tip: The Verge]

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  • emerazea

    According to Leap's tech demos, pinch/zoom certainly ought to be possible.

    My only concern is how lazy it will let me be in my gestures. I want to wave my hand extravagantly to the side and not be too concerned with whether or not my hand is hovering precisely enough over the sensor.I've never used one, though, so it's likely my fears are unfounded. They did show off moving objects on the z-axis, after all. That should be a good amount of leeway.