Just got my leap motion in the mail!

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by BBman, Jul 19, 2013.

  1. BBman, Jul 19, 2013
    Last edited: Jul 19, 2013

    BBman macrumors member

    Jan 15, 2012
    Going to set it up now...

    Album Gallery

    Edit: gotta wait until July 22nd for the setup page to go live!
  2. kamuix macrumors regular

    Feb 9, 2011
    That actually looks pretty cool. Please let us know how well it works :D
  3. calearne macrumors member


    Jun 12, 2013
    United States
  4. BBman thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 15, 2012
    The cables are USB 2.0 to micro USB 3.0 connector.
  5. sevimli macrumors 6502a


    Jun 26, 2007
    It is USB3.0
  6. Lobwedgephil macrumors 68040


    Apr 7, 2012
  7. Jesla macrumors 6502a


    Jan 7, 2013
    Tennessee USA
    Mine should arrive tomorrow according to Fed Ex……..
  8. BBman thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 15, 2012
    Got it through FedEx, funny thing is I had no idea I was getting it and in fact leap motion sent me the tracking number many hours later after receiving it.

    The setup page goes live tomorrow so you're good! unlike me ive been sitting on a paper weight the past two days.
  9. Haifisch macrumors regular

    Nov 19, 2012
    Do report back! I'm curious as to what it can do.
  10. munakib macrumors 6502

    May 22, 2011
  11. Lobwedgephil macrumors 68040


    Apr 7, 2012
    Engadget reviews wasn't much better, hopefully mines arrives this afternoon and I can check it out tonight.
  12. dude-x macrumors regular

    Mar 2, 2007
    New York City
    I have one too! But I've been waiting half an hour for the driver/app bundle to download.
  13. Jesla macrumors 6502a


    Jan 7, 2013
    Tennessee USA
  14. BBman thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 15, 2012
    Initial impressions are pretty disappointing to say the least.:( Downloaded "Touchless for mac" and the thing is very glitchy and unresponsive at times. not to mention that half the time it doesn't understand the difference between "pinch" zoom and scrolling(very frustrating).

    Overall not the fluid and smooth operation I expected like portrayed in the demo videos. Needless to say its still a pretty new device with new apps, here's hoping with time they'll iron out the wrinkles and I can use this thing like Tony Stark.
  15. elgrecomac, Jul 27, 2013
    Last edited: Jul 27, 2013

    elgrecomac macrumors 65816


    Jan 15, 2008
    San Diego
    Leap Motion - One man's opinion

    Ha! A total copy of Apple: A small, stark white box with a photo of the device and LEAP in bold letters.

    Inside the box: again, very much like Apple. Minimalist all the way.

    Install: Smooth, but Leap Motion has been updating its drivers daily thus far.

    User Experience: Nothing like the videos. Somewhat difficult to use, depending on the app. Sometime the gestures are not very intuitive and some apps just don't seem to work worth a damned.

    Sensitivity to bright light: the controller will warn you if your room/environment is too bright. It goes into robust mode but, bright light is an issue.

    General comment: This reminds me of the Newton in that it was ahead of its time and not quite ready for prime time when initially sold.

    Suggest to Leap and their developers: POST YOUTUBE VIDEOS OF YOUR APP SETUP AND OPERATION. Its just not as intuitive as you may think it is.

    My hope: Leap Motion works hard to make the device and software realize its full potential...but I think we are 12 months or more away from that.
  16. Commy1 macrumors 6502a


    Feb 25, 2013
    That's a really cool idea, I just can't imagine using it myself. If other people saw me using it they'd think I went insane until they saw the screen. Even though I'd only be using it to scroll through forums :rolleyes: kind of a waste.
  17. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    Thanks for taking the time to post the review. Your thoughts are inline with every other review I have read. This thing just does not seem ready for prime time.
  18. pat park macrumors 6502a

    Nov 29, 2011
    I just picked a Leap from Best Buy this morning.
    It does take some getting used to. Your arm and shoulder will be sore!

    The hover/click areas must be understood and I think alot of people are getting mixed up with this point.

    You can hover about 2-3 inches away from the sensor. You have to feel where the sweet spot is and you can see it on the cursor on the screen. When your finger is furthest out in the hover zone, the circle/cursor is wide. As you get closer to the sensor the circle gets smaller. When its in the click zone, it turns green and you can then push the to click. Scrolling and clicking are difficult at first, but with a little practice, it gets better.

    I'm still playing around with it and its getting better. I don't see this replacing my Magic Mouse/Trackpad anytime soon. But for $79, it is a cool item to have on hand. I see some improvements in the software/firmware side of things helping it out eventually.

    I have Better Touch Tool already installed and configured Mission Control, back/forwards swipes in safari - similar to trackpad gestures and it gets it right most of the time. The end all, be all of input devices? Most def not, but it has some serious potential. Give it time. A work in progress.
  19. gwerhart0800 macrumors 6502

    Mar 15, 2008
    Loveland, CO
    I got mine in the mail yesterday and after a few hours of playing with it, I am definitely getting "leap shoulder". I have played around with my chair position and other factors, but it is quite the pain in my shoulder to use for any length of time.

    That withstanding, it is a very cool way to interact. I was originally hoping to use it to write a sign language teaching tool, but the fidelity of the finger tracking fails when the fingers are not outstretched. So, it will not track any of the hand signs that involve making fists or similar. (Like the "A" for instance.)
  20. ActionableMango macrumors G3


    Sep 21, 2010
    I'm curious after a week now are you guys using it less and less as the novelty wears off, or more and more as you settle in and find useful ways to take advantage of it?
  21. ZipZap macrumors 603

    Dec 14, 2007
    The potential is tremendous...the available apps is lagging.

    It is also a bit finicky but time will tighten this up.

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