Pros Great idea but not there yet
Cons Way too expensive
Looks like a $1 product.
Science fiction than reality
Does not work as advertised
Summary I think the product came too early to market before it is ready for use. At this time I will say it is not work trying. Not accurate and very difficult to position fingers to get it work right. Great idea but still have a long time to be put to reality.
Pros The promise of Minority Report like use of my PC is very alluring and we're clearly making headway with this toy.
Cons The LEAP is a temporary electronics inactivation weapon and there is no warning or support from LEAPMotion regarding a fix to date.
Summary Email I sent to David Pogue on July 26, Tech Columnist for the New York Times , documenting my LEAP controller experience-
Mr. Pogue, Great review and darn accurate. I just got mine several hours ago, pre-ordered a year ago. What a disappointment!
But here's the kicker- it interferes with remote operations of televisions!! I wrote the company immediately and gave my phone number explaining my experience in detail andf got the boilerplate "we will be with you yada yada" flash email. It's now 515P Minneapolis time and my phone ain't been a ringin', so figure you might be the next best stop.
Here's the skinny- My Dell laptop is 2 months old and the HDTV and wifi adapter and XFINITY cable box are all less than a year old and are all in the same room I tried out the LEAP. All the previous tech is tried and true.
Enter the LEAP, hook it up it starts off fine, but as I wanted to focus on my new toy, I decided to turn down the TV volume. TV is 20+ feet away, batteries in the remote are fresh, no previous problems. The TV won't register the Xfinity remote. I try a 2nd Xfinity remote- same problem! I finally got up and turned off the TV with its manufacturer remote and then turned it back on the same way. When I tried to restart the cable feed with the Xfinity remote, the cable box wouldn't register. Another TV is running fine in another part of the house from the cable connection, so no outage occurring. After a while, I discovered the LEAP's softwear limitations and unplugged it and decided to work on the TV issue. The remotes suddenly worked fine as before. I figured must be a coincidence, since I'm not sitting anywhere near my TV, literally across the room and the LEAP is not in a direct line of sight of the TV. So I tried plugging it in again twice more and immediately the remotes stopped working. One remote did actually register a volume slashes chart on the TV screen during one attempt, but could not actually change the volume. Mind you, this is with me physically extending the remote towards the TV 2 feet closer than normal with unimpaired line of sight and additionally shielding the LEAP with my body. As soon as I unplug the LEAP, the remotes go back to perfect functioning.
I'm not an engineer, but my quick dumbo guess is the LEAP puts out so much infrared or whatever background wash, it blinds other devices with sensors. But a remote being held within feet of the target device not working is not good, especially when the LEAP box is not even in proximity to the situation being caused. I don't know what else it might interfere with, but I'd put a label on it, NO USE IN HEALTHCARE SETTINGS until this output issue is resolved. Of course, the fact that it doesn't work with any actual apps of use...
I was so looking forward to eating a really sticky donut and not having to stop working during every bite. I'm putting the napkins back on my grocery list.
UPDATE: As of time of this posting on 8/2, still no return call or further email from LEAPMotion.
Pros - Small form factor
- Simple, elegant design
- Supports USB 2.0 and 3.0
- Two different lengths of cables included
Cons - Software becomes unstable after prolonged use
- No way to calibrate device to sync finger position with cursor position on the monitor
- Doesn't support swipe gestures for navigating Windows 8 apps
- Only a few, mostly low-quality apps available
Summary If you think this is going to turn your monitor into a touch screen, think again. There is no way to adjust or calibrate the software so that touching a specific part of the monitor will actually result in the cursor moving to that specific place. Basically you have to compensate by looking at where the cursor shows on the screen, which is not intuitive and dramatically slows down use. In addition, Windows 8 gestures like swiping don't seem to work as you would expect; if you want to scroll in one of the touch-enabled Windows 8 apps, you can't just swipe your fingers like you would if you had a touch screen. Really disappointed with Leap Motion about this and hoping they'll be able to rectify this problem soon, as I can't in good conscious recommend the device and software in its current state.
Pros None that I can see
Cons I cannot even install the software. It keeps giving me service errors. Support stopped responding to me after the 3rd or 4th failed resolution attempt. They're not interested in trying to make their product better, just take your cash.
Summary Don't waste your money. It's a novel idea, but the implementation leaves A LOT to be desired.
Pros If you have too much free time in your life, the app store is cranking out low quality games that you can flick your way through.
Cons -Doesnt track well
-Calibration is difficult
-Not a replacement for a mouse
-Has very limited niche applications
-Not useful for 99% of what people primarily use computers for: web browsing, reading email, word processing, music, photos
Summary Its not useful for 99% of what I use my computer for and I imagine the rest of the world. It has a very small niche of usefulness. I thought it would improve productivity, swiping my way through emails, browsing articles on my web browser with the flick of a finger, and using apps such as iTunes and Skype with a hand gesture. Nope.
I suppose in 2-5 years there may enough software to integrate this device into your computer and make it useful on a daily basis. For now it remains in a beta development stage. Unless you use Google Earth all the time and your hand is sore from using a mouse.