Hands-Free Leap Motion Controller Hits 1 Million App Downloads

It's like magic!

It’s like magic!

Remember the hands-free Leap Motion Controller for Mac that everyone went on and on about how cool it was going to be? The one that got delayed until July?

Well, it’s been three weeks since it actually started shipping, and the team behind the 3-D motion controller is reporting some significant numbers, including 25,000 downloads of its software developer kit (which allows developers to include code for the device in their own apps), and 1 million downloads of apps that work with the hardware.

That’s pretty fantastic, right?

Leap Motion has also added 13 new apps to the compatible roster, according to The Next Web. The apps currently topping the list of downloads include BetterTouchTool, a gesture-configuration tool; Dropchord, a music game; GameWAVE, which lets you control any keyboard-and-mouse-based video game with the Leap Motion device; and Geco MIDI, a music-creation tool that uses only hand gestures. There’s quite a variety of apps usable with the controller, and that’s a good thing.

“We’re already seeing musicians, doctors, teachers, artists, students, and gamers find creative and practical uses for their Leap Motion Controllers,” said Leap Motion CEO Michael Buckwald, “and we’re just getting started.”

The Leap Motion Controller works with both Mac and Windows computers, and comes with its own app store, Airspace. The idea is to use computers with only hand gestures, like an early stage Minority Report interface (without the cool in-air graphics). While the 3-D controller was in development, Leap Motion connected with developers of all stripes, including Evernote, and even opened its own developer portal. Because, really, in order to have a successful alternate computer interface, you need apps that work with it.

The Leap Motion Controller is currently available online and at Best Buy for $79.99.

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