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The Leap Motion Controller October 2013. Introduction -Introducing the Leap MotionIntroducing the Leap Motion -$79.99 + shipping and handling (~$20) -Tracks.

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1 The Leap Motion Controller October 2013

2 Introduction -Introducing the Leap MotionIntroducing the Leap Motion -$ shipping and handling (~$20) -Tracks all 10 fingers up to 1/100th of a millimeter -Has a super-wide 150° field of view and a Z-axis for depth -Can track movements at a rate of over 200 frames per second

3 How it works -Has 2 cameras and 3 infrared sensors -4ft wide × 2 ft tall × 1 ft depth makes an 8ft 3 ‘interaction area’ -Senses breaks in the infrared field, translating them to actions -Breaks can be caused by fingers or objects (such as pens/pencils)

4 Activation & first use -Plug in the Leap and place it in a comfortable position in front of your computer screen -Go to leapmotion.com/setup to download the drivers and the Leap control panel (available for Windows and Mac)leapmotion.com/setup -After installation, the Leap Motion Orientation will run -Getting started with your Leap Motion controllerGetting started with your Leap Motion controller

5 Airspace Store -Airspace is the Leap Motion’s app store (airspace.leapmotion.com)airspace.leapmotion.com -You will need to create an Airspace account -Not all apps are multi-platform -There are a lot of free apps, but most cost $2 - $5 -Notable apps include: Autodesk Maya plugin, Fruit Ninja, Google Earth, and The New York Times

6 Maintenance & troubleshooting -Smudges. The controller will not work if a smudge is detected on the window. To fix, wipe with a cleaning cloth (not included) -Obvious caretaking for any electronic device (don’t take it swimming) -Taking care of your Leap Motion controllerTaking care of your Leap Motion controller -Recalibration. Every once in a while, the Leap will not be calibrated correctly (your position on screen isn’t what’s happening in real life) -Right click the Leap icon in the system panel > Settings > Troubleshooting > Recalibrate device -Recalibrating your Leap Motion controllerRecalibrating your Leap Motion controller -There is a diagnostic visualizer in the troubleshooting tab. I’m not quite sure what it’s used for, but it looks really cool

7 Tips & tricks -Avoid bright environments. The Leap can adjust for bright lighting, but it isn’t recommended -Play around with the settings. Right click the Leap icon in the system panel > Settings > Tracking > Tracking priority. Choose between balanced (default), precision, and high speed -The controller does its best to isolate hands/tools, but can make errors. Avoid wearing jewellery, long sleeves, gloves, and tentacles -Be sure the controller’s green light is facing you, with the USB cable coming out of the left side -If tracking isn’t working, right click the Leap icon in the system panel > Resume tracking. This can also be used to refresh the application when switching screen sizes

8 Development resources -The Leap team has made development resources extremely accessible (developer.leapmotion.com).developer.leapmotion.com -Language guides include: C++, Java, Python, C#, Unity, and JavaScript (×3) -SDK support for Windows, OSX, and LinuxSDK support -The Leap forum is a great place to ask questions and generate ideasLeap forum -Twitter: -Knowledge base articles: UX guidelines, FAQs, etc.

9 Uses (a.k.a. “the cool part”) -Music: GecoMIDI, AirHarp, Dropchord, AirBeats, AeroMIDIAirHarp -Art: Corel Painter Freestyle, OSC Motion, Inkmotion.org -Medical: touchless surgical control, dentistry, Cyber Science 3Dtouchless surgical controldentistry -Other: projection mapping, virtual reality, architectural models, education, gambling, browser plugins, public installationsprojection mappingvirtual reality architectural modelseducationgamblingbrowser plugins

10 Integration with POET -POET (Point of Experience Technology) is an interactive display technology optimized for retail outlets and museums -Installation at the City of Waterloo’s museum (Conestoga Mall): 100 Years of Seagram’s V.O. -Leap is configured with an HDTV to allow ‘touch’ interaction -Cheaper than a touch screen or touch overlay

11 Other uses? -Imagine the possibilities. What else could it be used for? -The Leap Fund: Highland Capital Partners has established The Leap Fund, a $25 million investment initiative focused on entrepreneurs that use Leap Motion technology to develop breakthrough experiences.The Leap Fund

12 Questions? Comments? leapmotion.com Leap Motion on on Twitter leapmotion.com Leap Motion on on Twitter


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