Leap Motion launches “world’s most accurate” motion controller

Technology company Leap Motion has launched what it claims to be the world's most accurate motion control device.

The company says its Leap is 200 times more accurate than anything else on the market "at any price point" and isn't just "a game system that roughly maps your hand movements".

The device can distinguish 3D hand and individual finger movements down to an accuracy of 1/100th of a millimetre, and can be easily used with other objects – such as a pencil, or as the video below demonstrates, chop sticks.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_d6KuiuteIA

Retailing at $69.99 (£44), the small device plugs into your computer via USB, requires a single calibration and creates a "3D interaction space" of eight cubic feet.

The device has obvious gaming potential, and if it's as powerful as the company claims, could leave Microsoft's now PC compatible Kinect (which received an SDK update today) floundering.

Leap can be pre-ordered now, with orders expected to ship in December 2012 or January 2013.