Literally Anything Is Touch Sensitive With This Leap Motion Hack

Beer cans. Toys. Post-it notes. A fridge. Even a computer screen, because why not? All of these things become touch-sensitive thanks to a fun little piece of work courtesy of a Russian agency called The Family, which posted their work to Vimeo this week.

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It's all thanks to Family's use of a standard Leap Motion controller, which the team calibrated to interpret gestures in front of a hilariously broad range of unconventional "interfaces." Prosthetic Knowledge calls it "interface mapping," conflating it with the many projection mapping projects we've seen over the last few years—except with human interaction.

We've seen similar experiments done with Kinect, and you could argue that the same effect could be carried out using capacitive touch sensors. But what's so fun about Family's implementation is the range of ways in which they're using it. A wall of beer cans becomes an interface, as does a cork board and a line of figurines. Sure, there's no clear functional purpose driving these experiments, but that doesn't matter—they're experiments. [Prosthetic Knowledge]

DISCUSSION

Finally.

I preordered a Leap Motion device last year, in the hopes that it could convert a standard monitor into a usable touch monitor. We all know now that it wasn't nearly accurate enough for that. I tried the best rated games and apps available for this device at the time, but walked away unimpressed.

With V2.0 of the Leap software, and now apps like this (assuming they put it in the marketplace), perhaps the Leap is getting close to doing what I bought it for.