I remember, how last year saw a demo a roller of Leap Motion and did not believe that it not the model, and fully complete product, which release will take place within half a year. Somehow the pictures shown by the developer very fantastically looked, pushing on thought on the film "Dissenting opinion". But the miracle did not leave, and at first date of release was transferred for four months, and later on a couple. But the main thing, as they say, a result, and it very much also is very good. It is in any case good — it is really magnificent piece about which I and will tell in this article.
The thought of Leap Motion consists in making management of the interface of more intuitive. Thus not essentially — whether you work in an operating system or play game. And what can be more intuitively than gestures? Remember, how vigorously Tom Cruise worked with the Agency database in the film "Dissenting opinion":
Impresses, isn’t that so? Here so simply data chase on the screen, incorporate воединыжды in separate clusters, are compared. With the keyboard and a mouse колупаться it should obviously in times longer.
«But this business of the distant future and, voobshchy, invention of the fantast!» — you will tell. And look back around — the most part of technologies in the modern world left fairy tales and magnificent works: movings by air with a high speed, communication at distance by means of the small device being the powerful computer, simply is located in palms, the Web … examples it is possible to give weight.
Here and Leap Motion became own sort an embodiment actually Phillip Dick’s who has written the novel "Dissenting opinion" still in 1956 dreams:
Impresses it is not less, than the episode shown above from films. And, you understand, this piece truly works! Let it is not so smooth, as it is shown in video, but feelings from work with Leap Motion words difficultly to transfer though I and will try to make it.
The tiny device in a big box
Taking in attention the sizes of the controler which is not especially surpassing those at a lighter, it is delivered in simply big boxing, though that will simply be located in a palm. And voobshchy, packing cool:
From above a jacket, under it a box from very firm and high-quality cardboard. You raise a cover, and you invite to plunge into absolutely new world:
Here the hero of the review who has freely settled down in a plastic tray:
Except it in a box still there is pair of cables and the small summary:
By the way, direct attention to cables. The length of the 1st — 60 cm, the second — 150 cm, but is more fascinating the socket:
It not propriyetarny konnektor, and standard microUSB 3.0. But, frankly speaking, that I did not think, for what was to use that option if the device works through USB 2.0. On the last measure, about it it is told on the official website. The ordinary microUSB socket and it is more compact, and a respective cable simpler to get if the complete becomes unfit for use.
Well it is good that we have, we have. Let’s make out the device more fixedly.
Leap Motion though small, but weighty and strong. The controler is executed in the dural case with the glossy plastic panel from above and rubber — from below:
The device perfectly — a monolith is accurate: does not squeak, not люфтит, moves nothing. The decision with the rubber bottom was pleasant — at the expense of it the device firmly costs actually on though to what equal surface.
From additional parts on the case there is only a microUSB 3.0 socket and the status indicator:
Having got a false idea itself the cleverest and capable everything to understand without instructions, I decided to connect to a descent the controler to Mac and to operate on incidents, not заморачиваясь with pieces of paper. Connected and … left nothing. Summaries — it for pants? No, friends. Nevertheless it is better to read them that saves up both time, and nervishka.
As подружить Leap Motion with a computer
And after all everything that it was necessary to make — to pass to the official website of the project. To it the founder of a device bezotstupno pushes, as you open a box and take a device outside. On a protective sticker from above it is truly written, say, «Activate on leapmotion.com/setup». Having passed according to the reference, I received the offer to load appropriate drivers:
By the way, the package was loaded very weighty, already on 80 MB, and after installation it occupies more than 200 MB:
Well here, established drivers, ON, and the small box after connection to a computer quickened at once: the status light-emitting diode was lit by greenish light, and from above there were reddish points — it IK-izluchatel:
On the display action too was created, thus ON not only only suggested me to connect a device and to arrange in its suitable way, but also to clean the top Leap Motion panel from fingerprints that the device worked better. I do not know, where it there found prints, got the device very much аккуратненько, the top panel did not touch, but nevertheless wiped it, having brushed away some motes:
Well everything, at present I will touch magic! And is not present, still it is necessary to start the accompanying Airspace application and to be registered in local shop of appendices:
It was registered, started Airspace and, eventually, it is possible to touch the future. Though, do not hurry up. At first demos applications will be loaded, and they occupy decently — at least 10-ki Mb, but is usually far for a hundred part.
Well, while it is loaded it is necessary to be run on device settings, them a little.
In a tab with the main options it is possible to resolve or forbid transfer инфы from the sensor to Web applications and the aaplets working in a background, also to adjust height on which tracking is conducted:
In the Tracking tab value of the sensor (speed, accuracy or equilibrium work) and the scheme of its work (whether to track down the machine gun orientation of hands in air and whether to eliminate excessive subjects in a zone of act of Leap Motion, like shoulders and the head) is adjusted.
Well here, all demos aaplets were loaded, it is time to test a device in operation.
When Leap Motion in the packed look got to edition, any special feelings did not cause. Is very long we expected and somehow fused, for certain. Even in the course of an option of the device of especially strong feelings I personally did not test.
But it was necessary to start the 1st application and to behold the device in operation when without concerning the keyboard, a mouse or the screen you create any indescribable hitherto things, like rotation of a molecule of DNA here directly the same as in "Dissenting opinion", or scare away flocks of small fishes easy movement of a palm, and the run wild ecstasy and feeling of then came back that the world changes directly on your eyes.
The controler truly with jeweler accuracy tracks down palms, fingers and their movement. However, it is necessary to get used nevertheless. In – 1-x, it is not necessary to do very sharp movements. Productivity at Leap Motion is high, but miracles do not expect. Besides, at sharp movements often hands drop out of a zone of act of the sensor.
The 2nd basic moment — this determination of more comfortable height of tracking which is adjusted in functions, I mentioned it above. During testing by more comfortable there was a standard value in 20 cm, but generally I conducted interaction with a device standing. If will be посиживать, it is necessary to lower a little height, or to use automatic tracking.
As to appendices, for their Leap Motion already there is a weight, thus as paid (the prices approximately at Apple App Store level), and free. Actually, the company founder of the device opened own shop of appendices which was mastered already successfully by many extraneous developers. The benefit, SDK is distributed more than one year.
There are games, there are simply cool programs showing abilities of the controler, there are appendices for creation of music, training, etc. Is ON as for Windows, and for OS X.
In general, generally it while a toy, but a toy indescribable, causing a storm of feelings in soul. I rejoiced as the child when virtuality reacted to my movements by hands in this reality — when on water there were ripples from a touch, and the crown with being shone leaves moved, when you operate a virtual racket in 3D-arkanoide and beat off a ball, as if hold a real racket … all this very much tightens.
And it is necessary to test to play with Leap Motion introduction to the child, and you do not drag it from the computer still a long time. Thus children do not need to explain anything, all of them seize hurriedly, and here already 3-year-old kid quickly cuts ropes in Cut the Rope and Omnoma feeds with sugar candies.
At Leap Motion huge future. Let while it quicker a toy, than the severe tool or substitution of a mouse and тачпаду, but it really works. Moreover, the device was supported by developers and this most basic. After all without ON even the most abrupt device will be only a heap dead «gland, plastic and silicon». Aaplets — it is soul of the device and at Leap Motion it wide, good and perspective.
Question cost — about 5000 rub.