In a nutshell? When it works, it really does knock it outta the park. It has, however, a but Sir Mix-a-Lot would be desirous of...
When it doesn't work...well, it doesn't ever 'not work'...it just stops working well. Inputs get flaky and things just become a chore. Annoyingly, the calibration software tells me that the more reflective your monitor, the better it calibrates and works.
I hate reflective monitors and I own the matt-est one I could find. It gives the software fits.
I'm seriously reminded of when I first got the Move for the Playstation. Really, its a LOT like that. Lots of calibration, lots of time getting used to it and for some of the games/programs, it's just amazing...for others, its just a gimmick that takes more effort.
So far, i've sampled most of the free stuff on the store and well, again, it runs the gamut. The 3D biology app is just brilliant. I was performing a 3D breakdown of a skull in seconds. Cut the Rope works well but I need more practice with the Leap...
I'm finding there's a 'sweetspot' for using the Leap that makes it easy to use.
I have a sneaking suspicion, however, that the 'sweet spot' isn't part of the basic API dev package for the Leap unit and is entirely up to the devs themselves because my posture was definitely changing from one program to the next. The way I held my hands in Google Earth didn't work out well for Dropchord, etc... the GE wanted my hand down low but Dropchord wanted them much higher.
If anything drags the overall intuitiveness of this device, I think this will do it. When the frame of reference changes each time, its really jarring.
You DO get used to it and adjust quickly each time but, with a mouse and keyboard, you can slouch in your chair, sit up straight, whatever....with this, you gotta be at the right angle otherwise it'll skew your input.
It was never meant to replace M/KB but at the moment, its still a very isolated input device.... i think, however, this is also because it doesn't have OS integration, beyond whatever 'touch-pad/tablet' options your OS provides and the Leap piggybacks.
If this device (or its next-gen, at least) makes it into the OS, I think things would improve dramatically.
The Touchless program is solid, albeit a bit slow, for navigating the OS. At the moment, i've got things set up just so for browsing the internet and its pretty awesome. I can lean on my desk, mug in hand and just casually flick my finger to scroll the pages.
Well, that's it. The Giz article covered most of the other points, technical or otherwise and, i've found, a fairly accurate summation.
Its a great little bit of kit. Loads (really, loads) of potential but at the moment, a shiny toy to amaze and impress visitors but only for serious work within several narrow fields.
I'm hearing things about some serious gesture recognition software being released shortly and that might be a game changer, at least for casual use.
£80 is a fair bit of cash to throwdown. I wouldn't reccomend it unless you've
a) got it to spare and
b) understand what it means to be an early-adopter of really new tech.
Should be fun to see how this things grows though...