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The future is gesture controls, they would have us believe. You should all be touching your computer screens, waving your arms around in front of your Xbox, and waggling your way to virtual sports victory. But you’re just not, apparently. What’s wrong with you? Or perhaps, what’s wrong with the technology? You don’t want to buy an entirely new PC just to use Windows 8 as it was designed to be used? A general lack of precision and badly implemented software with no killer apps? Leap Motion is hoping to change that: to give us both precise desktop hardware that can retrofit any machine into a motion sensing beast, and an app store chock full of fantastic killer apps. Does it deliver? We find out. And we’ll be giving away a Leap Motion to one lucky reader!

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Personally, I enjoy a good session of Dance Central. I’m a pathetic dancer, but even I can rack up a good score thanks to the vague motion sensing that seems to be telling me “whatever, that’ll do, I don’t really care if you’re doing it right or not, frankly”. It saddens me a little when Microsoft talks about how much better the next generation of Kinect will be – I don’t want it to read my motions any more precisely, or I have the sneaking suspicion the Dance Central will quickly wise up to my middle-aged balding white guy dancing ability, or lack thereof. But I digress. The point is, the current generation of motion sensors are relatively imprecise, and this limits their use to dance and sports games – the promised tech of Minority Report seems an awfully long way off.

Initial Impressions

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The $80 Leap Motion is a diminutively small device, far smaller than I was expecting. Is it really possible to pack so much precision motion sensing technology into a device that tiny, or have some sacrifices been made?

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The design is clearly influenced by Apple, with a sleek black glass top and brushed aluminium curved bezel; a single green LED inset on the front. It looks right at home next to Macbook Air, except for the cabling.

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Supplied with two cables, one short and one long, they appear to be USB 3.0 connectors one end, but the documentation implies they only run at USB 2.0 speeds – apparently the creators were unable to source USB 3.0 cables that were flexible enough. The device itself will perform better on USB 3.0: approximately 290 frames per second as opposed to 215 maximum – but whether that is a noticeable difference to the end user is debatable. Under my lighting conditions, it rarely went above 30 fps anyway.

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Differentiating Itself

The Leap Motion works with both Windows and Mac, and is very much like a mini-Kinect; it uses 3 infra-red LEDs to blast out a hemisphere of IR light, and two cameras to read the exact 3D position of anything which they hit in the process. Occlusion is an inevitable issue with this technology – if one hand is placed above another, it can only “see” the nearest.

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Whilst the Kinect has a low level of detail and requires a fairly large distance from the sensor for best performance, the Leap Motion does entirely the opposite – it gives a high level of detail at a close range of up to about 1 metre. The Leap Motion is designed to sit just in front of your screen, pointing upward, reading gestures performed above it.

Perhaps the closest direct competitor to the Leap Motion is the Gyration Air Mouse line, a series of enhanced mice input devices with gyration sensors that allow for gestures to be traced in the air. The Elite model is $79.99, the same price as the Leap Motion.

Orientation

After downloading the setup file and a quick installation process, the Leap Motion launches you into a beautiful and intuitive on-boarding process. Moving your hands into the field of vision of the device initiates the demo, pulling them away progresses to the next. The first is no more than eye candy – firework sparklers as you wave around. The second shows you what the Leap Motion is interpreting about your fingers, hand and wrist in 3D space – you can see exactly how accurate its understanding is. The third invites you to just paint using a finger. It’s a marvellously well designed set of demos that leaves you impressed. For most, the joyous wonder stops right there.

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Though not obvious, there are some interesting tools and settings to be found in the driver application, like this diagnostic visualizer. A calibration tool is also provided, but is absolutely baffling. It involves holding the device 10 cm from a reflective surface and attempting to paint the screen. Once the utility determines something is good enough, it tells you it’s done.

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Hands on

The device is not without technical difficulties. A lot of users report almost constantly running into “robust mode”, which occurs when there’s a lot of IR interference or the lighting conditions generally aren’t suitable. It appears that under any kind of office or halogen lighting, low lighting conditions, or even the slightest hint of direct sunlight, robust mode kicks in. In fact, getting the right lighting conditions at all seems to be somewhat of a black art. This is shame, because recognition drops significantly during this fallback mode; recognised movements are often erratic.

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Under ideal conditions, you can choose the type of tracking you want from the settings screen. Entering precision mode gives a more accurate, but slower recognition time. By default, balance mode is used.

Killer Apps?

Airspace is the central hub for all things Leap Motion.

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It’s an app launcher, and shortcut to the web-based app store. The store is well designed and easy to navigate. There’s a variety of free and paid apps on offer, for both Windows and Mac – some cross-platform.

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To be brutally honest, every game I’ve tried so far has been a gimmick at best; at worst, a frustration. Even the relatively straight forward Roshambo (Rock Paper Scissors / Janken) misread my moves and threw rock most of the time. BoomBall is a breakout clone that works accurately enough, but can’t hold the player’s attention for long.

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Steve Jobs was right when he said that touch is not the way people want to interact with computers – tablets, absolutely, but desktop computers and laptops – just, no. Holding your arm up and keeping there as you gesticulate wildly to control a ball is plain tiring. This just isn’t fun for more than a minute. Cut The Rope was perhaps the only exception to the rule; I could see children playing on that for hours, but then the game was always fun and the Leap Motion adds nothing in particular over and above an iPad, for example – integration with the Leap Motion consists of a single motion used to cut the ropes.

There is however, one app which I have now kept running all the time – BetterTouchTool Become A Power Trackpad User With BetterTouchTool [Mac] Become A Power Trackpad User With BetterTouchTool [Mac] Read More , which we’ve talked about before. BetterTouchTool is an incredibly powerful (and free) custom gesture management and shortcut program. It works with trackpads, Apple remotes – anything, really. And now, it works with the Leap too. The problem I’ve had with built-in gestures on an Apple trackpad is that I trigger them all too often by accident; scrolling left might pull up the notification bar, for instance. By moving some of these common gestures onto my Leap Motion, I reduce the frustration with the trackpad.

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That, for me, is a killer app. Now, if I want to view my desktop, I can wave 3 fingers downwards, as long as my hand is somewhere in the vicinity of the front of the monitor. It’s an easy gesture to perform, and an easy one to recognise for the Leap Motion. In short, it’s a perfect compliment. GameWave is a similar app gaining popularity for adding gesture controls to games.

The success of the Leap Motion lies not in trying to replace existing input methods with some radical new “gesture-based computing” (don’t you hate that phrase?), but with augmenting existing devices. Whether this can justify an $80 price tag is a difficult call to make though – for me, it just isn’t worth it.

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Should you buy the Leap Motion?

The technology inside the Leap Motion is certainly nothing new; but the form factor, precision readings, the app store, the seamless installation procedure and impressive on-boarding process – this is what makes the Leap Motion what it is. The orientation app shows how accurate it can be – when implemented well – but it seems to me that what was demonstrated there and what’s actually available as real software reveals a huge discrepancy. Like any new device, it is ultimately the software that is going to make or break this.

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To ignore the technical issues that occur under common lighting conditions would be foolish too – it just won’t work as intended for many. When it does work right, it is a joy to use.

Our verdict of the Leap Motion:
Don’t buy it – yet. I don’t know if these are just early problems that can be fixed with firmware or if the technology is fundamentally flawed, but for a device with so much hype and promise, it is woefully disappointing.
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The Winner

Congratulations, Justine Rose! You would have received an email from jackson@makeuseof.com. Please respond before September 12 to claim your prize. Enquires beyond this date will not be entertained.

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  1. Joses L
    September 7, 2013 at 4:16 am

    I dunno, simply try it for gesture shortcuts for navigating through Windows?

  2. Andy Bell
    September 7, 2013 at 3:57 am

    I would be very interested to try to use the leap motion to do a little video editing in Adobe Premiere. I have no idea if it would work well at all, but I think it could be a fun use if it doesn't completely fall apart!

  3. Kyli Rouge
    September 7, 2013 at 3:36 am

    I would review the heck out of this on my podcast

  4. Ben Leggiero
    September 7, 2013 at 3:35 am

    I would use it to make video games for my Games Programming classes

  5. Anthony J
    September 7, 2013 at 1:41 am

    I would let my girls use it. It just make sense to teach them to use this and touch-based HIDs at this point.

  6. Jacob LaFountaine
    September 7, 2013 at 1:11 am

    To me I want to move around Google Earth and other map apps just by moving my hand

  7. Liju Scaria
    September 6, 2013 at 10:49 pm

    Use it with my Windows 8 Desktop

  8. Irwin
    September 6, 2013 at 6:16 pm

    find crimes before they happen

  9. Dirk M
    September 6, 2013 at 5:07 pm

    hamster dancing 4 thingy, c what happens

  10. Crystal S
    September 6, 2013 at 3:09 pm

    I would use it to let my kids play games (they tend to not get as frustrated as I do with motion control games and would really enjoy it)

  11. Antonio
    September 6, 2013 at 3:05 pm

    I would connect to my arduino and control motors servos with it.

  12. Joseph F
    September 6, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    I would use it to control my PC for easier & more fun experience. Also I would experiment with maps, 3D modelling & much more.

  13. cristi
    September 6, 2013 at 9:40 am

    I would use it to improve the usage of the laptop.

  14. Nellaine S
    September 6, 2013 at 8:37 am

    It'll be for the use of my little nephew.

  15. Lou
    September 6, 2013 at 5:15 am

    I would use to have less clutter on my desk

  16. Ryan Moore
    September 6, 2013 at 5:12 am

    I would use it to more easily browse the Web and feel like a bawse

  17. Ian Huey
    September 6, 2013 at 4:37 am

    I would use a leapmotion to experiment with for my everyday computing.

  18. Phil N
    September 6, 2013 at 4:36 am

    I have been excited about this thing since the day I first saw it. I can think of all kinds of uses for it.

  19. Amit Jain
    September 6, 2013 at 4:02 am

    Connect my laptop to the tv and use for gaming

  20. Joshua Barta
    September 6, 2013 at 3:58 am

    Want to develop a game which uses Leap Motion

  21. Pete
    September 6, 2013 at 3:51 am

    I would use it to control all my puppet politicians by hand motions instead of pulling their strings anymore. Then I would take over all the ice cream and coffee in the world and I would sit around making all you underlings do my bidding.... bwah ha ha...

  22. Mike Freeman
    September 6, 2013 at 3:38 am

    Just to explore its features and find the best way to work and play with it.

  23. Elaine S
    September 6, 2013 at 3:26 am

    dance baby dance

  24. Chris Hii
    September 6, 2013 at 3:17 am

    use some gestures

  25. Julia C
    September 6, 2013 at 3:14 am

    I would use this to play with my kids. Awesome technology.

  26. Paul Carlton
    September 6, 2013 at 3:11 am

    Gaming!

  27. Deborah K M
    September 6, 2013 at 1:51 am

    Im sure that my sons would use it for gaming

  28. Sky Furia
    September 5, 2013 at 4:27 pm

    I'd use it for gaming :)

  29. Mykhaylo T
    September 5, 2013 at 1:51 pm

    strange gadget...

  30. Marta Vieira
    September 5, 2013 at 10:36 am

    gaming motion controls

  31. Ele R
    September 5, 2013 at 3:59 am

    I would use it to play games!

  32. Tim Bain
    September 4, 2013 at 8:30 pm

    I'd confound my cats with it, no more mouse chasing

  33. Jay
    September 4, 2013 at 6:05 pm

    I'd use it for games

  34. reelbadspellur
    September 4, 2013 at 5:21 pm

    I would use it to surf the internet!

  35. Jinesh
    September 4, 2013 at 3:51 pm

    I would love to explore its features

  36. Mike
    September 4, 2013 at 2:40 pm

    I would use it for experiment :D

  37. leo
    September 4, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    that's a lot of comments, i would explorer the wonderful way of human computer interaction

  38. Taylor H
    September 4, 2013 at 11:14 am

    gaming

  39. Joanna
    September 4, 2013 at 12:52 am

    If I won,I would share it with my family to play family friendly games and do other things with it.

  40. Gayle
    September 4, 2013 at 12:18 am

    I would use it to control my computer and make my friends jealous!

  41. isterico89
    September 3, 2013 at 11:41 pm

    I would use it to do everything, as does Tony Stark. One of my dreams.

  42. Joseph Mark
    September 3, 2013 at 11:06 pm

    I would have fun with it

  43. Muhammad Safwan bin Sidek
    September 3, 2013 at 9:05 pm

    For gaming and arts purposes.

  44. Jeffrey F
    September 3, 2013 at 8:48 pm

    I'd probably use it to easily play video and music and move through the media at will.

  45. bogdan
    September 3, 2013 at 8:36 pm

    at my own computer:D

  46. jan
    September 3, 2013 at 7:31 pm

    instead of mouse for windows8

  47. T Alexander
    September 3, 2013 at 6:39 pm

    This is something the whole family could use - it would make gaming and everyday use so much fun.

  48. Francesco Fiorino
    September 3, 2013 at 5:09 pm

    I would use it for relaxing myself and enjoy gaming :)

  49. Paul J
    September 3, 2013 at 2:42 pm

    definitely for educating my children.

  50. Gabriel Rossi
    September 3, 2013 at 12:54 pm

    I would use it to play games ;)

  51. Jesse McGrory
    September 3, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    Hopefully I'd find some good games to play with it

  52. Jeffrey Lynch
    September 3, 2013 at 11:57 am

    I would use it to play with my children.

  53. RUBY CAROL SOUWITZSKY
    September 3, 2013 at 11:48 am

    WONDERFUL TECHNOLOGY

  54. Henry
    September 3, 2013 at 9:05 am

    I`ll use it with my family

  55. Judy Thomas
    September 3, 2013 at 8:59 am

    I would use it for games :)

  56. Danny
    September 3, 2013 at 8:14 am

    I'd like to try and if possible, develop futuristic app with it.

  57. Nitish
    September 3, 2013 at 7:51 am

    I'd like to use it like Tony Stark did in Iron Man. ;)

  58. elden
    September 3, 2013 at 6:12 am

    I would use it to make music with my hands

  59. Christian O
    September 3, 2013 at 5:54 am

    This would help me a lot in my account presentations as a trainer in our company

  60. Ascalion
    September 3, 2013 at 5:34 am

    I would use it for everyday shortcuts and general navigation of the PC (especially in media applications).

  61. Tarun
    September 3, 2013 at 5:25 am

    Replace my ageing mouse with it !

  62. Vic Limbo
    September 3, 2013 at 5:11 am

    Streaming video to the max with leap motion :)

  63. Angelo L
    September 3, 2013 at 3:51 am

    FOR FUN DUH

  64. Devesh P
    September 3, 2013 at 2:43 am

    I would give it to my father who would use this on his computer since he has difficulty using the mouse so that he can get things done....

  65. Howie G
    September 3, 2013 at 1:11 am

    keyboard and mouse free computing

  66. Walt White
    September 3, 2013 at 12:42 am

    It looks like it would fun to use for drawing / art creation on my Mac.

  67. Russ
    September 2, 2013 at 11:54 pm

    Operate a laptop without the mouse.

  68. Ruben G
    September 2, 2013 at 10:47 pm

    To scroll up,down,left to right.

  69. mike
    September 2, 2013 at 10:21 pm

    I am learning to program and would love to make something cool using this

  70. Adam B
    September 2, 2013 at 9:29 pm

    Looks like fun. :)

  71. Angela De Pasquale
    September 2, 2013 at 8:44 pm

    I'd try animating with it.

  72. aaron
    September 2, 2013 at 7:14 pm

    With windows 8!

  73. Kayla D.
    September 2, 2013 at 7:01 pm

    This would be used mainly with my nieces and nephews for play.

    • Ankush C
      September 2, 2013 at 7:14 pm

      I would write a lot of apps with it as a development tool.

  74. vh427
    September 2, 2013 at 6:41 pm

    I would use it to increase college work productivity.

  75. Jamil Ahmed
    September 2, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    First I would try to discover its hidden features.

  76. Declan
    September 2, 2013 at 6:30 pm

    I would study gestures that people would make to change what is viewed. Kind of studying natural human interaction. Yes. boring. but I love it. woo-hoo!

  77. Amanda
    September 2, 2013 at 6:23 pm

    I would use it in smug mode as my boyfriend wouldn't have one.

  78. MK9600
    September 2, 2013 at 6:20 pm

    I would build new programs to work with it

  79. andrew gibson
    September 2, 2013 at 6:18 pm

    i would play computer jenga

  80. Stoja Todoric
    September 2, 2013 at 6:13 pm

    Play and play

  81. Dragana Todoric
    September 2, 2013 at 6:07 pm

    I would play with my family

  82. scott h
    September 2, 2013 at 6:06 pm

    i need a Leap Motion because haven't go much room for my mouse on my desk in my room

  83. D W
    September 2, 2013 at 6:06 pm

    I would use it in my home entertainment system I am building.

  84. Mile Zec
    September 2, 2013 at 5:58 pm

    For gaming too

  85. Nikola Todoric
    September 2, 2013 at 5:53 pm

    For gaming

  86. Gord
    September 2, 2013 at 5:48 pm

    I would use it for playing simple games.

  87. Josh
    September 2, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    I would use it for my support role at work

  88. Anzar
    September 2, 2013 at 5:30 pm

    for learning

  89. Jon Green
    September 2, 2013 at 5:13 pm

    Using LeapMotion to enable 3D/4D object oriented software design. How? You think I'm going to give away my commercial secrets on a forum?

  90. Hemanth
    September 2, 2013 at 5:09 pm

    gesture based computing!

  91. Wenbin Kong
    September 2, 2013 at 4:33 pm

    I will develop an interesting application which make use of Leap Motion technology! Been wanting to try to develop using it but reluctant to spend the cash.

  92. Diana Wilcox
    September 2, 2013 at 4:28 pm

    I'd try some art.

  93. Chuck Ward
    September 2, 2013 at 4:10 pm

    Would love to develop a new product around one.

  94. Ruth Ness
    September 2, 2013 at 4:08 pm

    As a speech therapist working in middle schools, I would share it with my students to get them excited about the possibilities for innovation and technology in their lives.

  95. David S
    September 2, 2013 at 4:06 pm

    I would use it to draw my auto designs on my computer!

  96. Spencer
    September 2, 2013 at 4:03 pm

    I would use this at work on my six computer monitor set up to allow my self easy access to all of my monitors. The future is now =]

  97. Jamie Salazar
    September 2, 2013 at 3:42 pm

    First I would try it at home and then take it to the two schools I teach (Computers) at.

  98. Jenny Maggiore
    September 2, 2013 at 3:24 pm

    No clue.

  99. EJ
    September 2, 2013 at 3:21 pm

    i'll use it for gaming! thanks!

  100. Vyseus
    September 2, 2013 at 3:20 pm

    Now I can use it to have fun with my child. With this i can train him to strengthen the body and develop his mind faster!!

  101. Mandip D
    September 2, 2013 at 3:17 pm

    I would like to do some magic with it :P

  102. Joshua
    September 2, 2013 at 3:14 pm

    It might be a great idea to implement the LEAP into medical software (like software for viewing CT readings). As many readings are taken in 3D already, the med might like manipulating the view in a more hands-on approach than with a mouse. Many meds actually use those 3D controllers already (the ones for Google Earth).
    I actually like this idea so much that I consider it an interesting topic for my Bachelor thesis (which is admittedly far far away :D)!

  103. Sweepstakes C
    September 2, 2013 at 3:13 pm

    Not sure but it looks awesome.

  104. Sweepstakes C
    September 2, 2013 at 3:12 pm

    Not sure but it looks awesome.

  105. Paul Giurgi
    September 2, 2013 at 3:12 pm

    I would use it for my training in computer design.

  106. David Phok
    September 2, 2013 at 3:09 pm

    play around with the apps =)

  107. Terry B
    September 2, 2013 at 3:02 pm

    gaming/fun

  108. James
    September 2, 2013 at 2:57 pm

    I would use it with my microsoft surface pro to enhance my ability to interact with windows. And probably find a way to play diablo or battlefield 3 with it as well.

  109. Mcoi A
    September 2, 2013 at 2:41 pm

    If I have my Leap Motion, I'll establish my own Department of Pre-Crime!

  110. Dale Ross
    September 2, 2013 at 2:41 pm

    I would use it to enhance my interaction with the devices I use to change the world one byte at a time.

  111. James P
    September 2, 2013 at 2:40 pm

    I would use it for gaming.

  112. Loenja S
    September 2, 2013 at 2:33 pm

    still working on what i would use it for but it would defo be put to good use

  113. Alexander Clark
    September 2, 2013 at 2:25 pm

    I would use the Leap Motion to play apps I couldn't play before and it would be accurate. Thank you so much for this amazing giveaway!

  114. abhineet97
    September 2, 2013 at 2:21 pm

    I would show off and then BE TONY STARK!

  115. Mary W
    September 2, 2013 at 2:21 pm

    I would use it to play with my son! He would love this!

  116. Choon K
    September 2, 2013 at 2:20 pm

    I will use it to impress the person I like :)

  117. Amy Flores
    September 2, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    I will use it with the Gamewave app.

  118. Max
    September 2, 2013 at 2:12 pm

    With oculus rift for better VR experience

  119. Pavel P.
    September 2, 2013 at 2:11 pm

    Play virtual piano :)

  120. Dnyanesh M
    September 2, 2013 at 2:04 pm

    Will use it for gaming.

  121. Gurjot S
    September 2, 2013 at 2:00 pm

    Awesm development by the creators,,, now i can have kinect like experience without buying the xbox lol :)

  122. lakshay
    September 2, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    Flaunt it in front of frnz :D

  123. al
    September 2, 2013 at 1:55 pm

    To conjure up all kinds of greatness.

  124. Mert
    September 2, 2013 at 1:53 pm

    I would show how much I want to punch somebody, virtually of course

  125. Cheridene B
    September 2, 2013 at 1:51 pm

    I would just use it for everything.

  126. Cates D
    September 2, 2013 at 1:49 pm

    I will using it with my family :D

  127. Chris
    September 2, 2013 at 1:44 pm

    If I had this I would use it to impress my friends.

  128. Seth Drummond
    September 2, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    I would mainly use it just to tinker, as I am a fully-fledged geek wannabe. =)

  129. Sameer Manas
    September 2, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    I would use it like a pro ;]
    I've been waiting to convert my lappy to a touch one.

  130. Mohammed Y
    September 2, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    I would use it to control lights so on around my house after linking it with arduinos!

  131. Joseph
    September 2, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    I would use it for creating artwork, controlling a theramin application, mindmapping and educating my kids. Also demonstrating it as a piece of assistive technology for disabled users.

  132. Fatolu Toye
    September 2, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    I would use it to play games, try it features with google maps,use for media player and for some other general use as well.

  133. mplaines
    September 2, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    Would use it to expand the tech features and hack it to work on Linux

  134. Josh
    September 2, 2013 at 1:18 pm

    I'd like to see if it was possible to use it in the Source engine, or even Minecraft. Thanks for the giveaway!

  135. Gorjan
    September 2, 2013 at 1:18 pm

    this tool is an early opportunity for developers to re-imagine their ideas about new software...

  136. Ionut
    September 2, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    I would create a presentation and with my gestures and her gestures...maybe combined, create a special moment WITH NO MOUSE :D

  137. lolipop
    September 2, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    I would use it to teach old people about new technology

  138. Dimas Putra
    September 2, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    If I win, I will use it on one of my project for simple interaction at public space.

  139. Ken
    September 2, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    I'll use this when reading web to scroll the pages.

  140. Muhammad Redza Ruslan
    September 2, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    I would use it to play games with my family on the living room :D

  141. shelley
    September 2, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    I would give it to my geek husband and who knows what he could do with it.....

  142. Yanhua T
    September 2, 2013 at 12:53 pm

    I would use to play with computer game.

  143. Amaiko
    September 2, 2013 at 12:51 pm

    I would use it to play games and control my laptop while designing
    even I don't have a reason to use it for
    owning one of these is very awesome
    I LOVED this product

  144. Yong
    September 2, 2013 at 12:50 pm

    gaming motion controls

  145. Nick
    September 2, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    I would use it to feel like I was in Minority report.

  146. art
    September 2, 2013 at 12:47 pm

    For family use....and personal too.

  147. jeff
    September 2, 2013 at 12:47 pm

    I'd use it to awe and amaze

  148. Luis Alberto Scandurra
    September 2, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    I would use it to control games

  149. Geo
    September 2, 2013 at 12:43 pm

    I will use to develop applications.

  150. Alex H
    September 2, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    This would be a fascinating way to play games.
    Fingers crossed!

  151. Vala M
    September 2, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    painting.

  152. Gavin Bolton
    September 2, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    I would use it to enhance learning in my classroom

  153. Valdemar Bonde
    September 2, 2013 at 12:40 pm

    Webbrowsing

  154. Richard Davidson
    September 2, 2013 at 12:38 pm

    Looks like fun and cool learning tool.

  155. Sergei
    September 2, 2013 at 12:38 pm

    I would mainly use it to navigate on google earth with my kids, and may be to develop a good paiting soft for them

  156. Paolo P
    September 2, 2013 at 12:38 pm

    I'd try to make it work with prototyping softwares I use

  157. xandry
    September 2, 2013 at 12:37 pm

    Somehow ;)

  158. Adam L
    September 2, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    I'd probably use it for casual gaming, in all honesty.

  159. Bj G
    September 2, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    To be totally honest, I'd get to see it long enough to activate....then I'm sure the kids would take over

  160. David G
    September 2, 2013 at 12:03 am

    General computing/experimenting

  161. Les S
    September 1, 2013 at 10:48 pm

    I'd use it with my MacBook Pro on the road and my Windows7/8 at the office

  162. Nola Goodwin
    September 1, 2013 at 10:23 pm

    Firstly I would need to read up and learn all about this fabulous little Leap Motion gadget.

  163. Jose Antonio L
    September 1, 2013 at 9:58 pm

    I'll try to use for playing music on stage.

  164. Colleen B
    September 1, 2013 at 7:22 pm

    For gaming.

  165. Hicham O
    September 1, 2013 at 6:42 pm

    Personally I would like to use it for gaming :)

  166. JT
    September 1, 2013 at 3:46 pm

    I would use it for everyday tasks :)

  167. ahn
    August 31, 2013 at 4:14 pm

    I have two kids so lots of things!

  168. Ashok Gowtham
    August 31, 2013 at 1:23 pm

    If I get one I'm thinking of integrating it seamlessly with the common desktop apps that I use. It would be useful for others too.

  169. Christina Nayioh
    August 31, 2013 at 3:20 am

    Create something new and amazing for our class project

  170. Delfim Rodrigues
    August 30, 2013 at 5:55 pm

    I would use the Leap Motion with may presentations, to impress my students....

  171. Ismael R
    August 30, 2013 at 4:38 pm

    I'd use Leap Motion to navigate on Windows and control my media playing. And then tinker to see what else I can do...besides show off a little.

  172. Nero S
    August 30, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    I'd use it to play game.

  173. Nero T
    August 30, 2013 at 9:20 am

    I'd use it to play motion gaming.

  174. Mrinal
    August 30, 2013 at 9:10 am

    motion control and little dance :-p

    I love motion control mainly :-D

  175. journcy
    August 30, 2013 at 6:26 am

    If I had a Leap Motion, I would acquire the SDK if possible and create awesome software with it, whether little things for myself or maybe even something bigger.

  176. Dorothy H
    August 30, 2013 at 6:05 am

    Play a game or two.

  177. Aaron Anderson
    August 30, 2013 at 2:36 am

    With my PC

  178. Emily R
    August 30, 2013 at 2:32 am

    I think I'd spend most of my time with it jumping around like an idiot playing the games!

  179. barty
    August 29, 2013 at 3:29 pm

    for games

  180. Michael Gottschall
    August 29, 2013 at 2:09 pm

    Graphic design

  181. Giuseppe P
    August 29, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    I would use it to play some games.. 80$ is really a good price! I think I would buy it ;)

  182. Melissa Mazzur
    August 29, 2013 at 9:25 am

    I would use it to play with my kids

  183. Arief Pratama
    August 29, 2013 at 6:16 am

    Play game

  184. Kendrick J
    August 29, 2013 at 4:08 am

    Make an arduino robot that has motion control

  185. Toby H
    August 29, 2013 at 3:21 am

    Definitely as an axillary control

  186. Justine L
    August 28, 2013 at 7:24 pm

    I could have a lot of fun tormenting the family with this (in a fun way of course!).

  187. srinivas
    August 28, 2013 at 3:38 pm

    Cool App

  188. Srinivas J
    August 28, 2013 at 3:36 pm

    Informative... Cool device... but it would have been cooler if it had longer range.

  189. John Agwazim
    August 28, 2013 at 10:36 am

    For fun. Thanks.

  190. Jimmy L
    August 28, 2013 at 10:09 am

    I would use it for testing and creating market research questionnaires and focus groups.

  191. Phil H
    August 28, 2013 at 8:45 am

    I'd use it as a gimmick to wow guests.

  192. Ari T
    August 28, 2013 at 7:52 am

    I think it would be fun for my son to use with a painting program. All he does not is slam the mouse and keyboard with his fists

  193. Jasmin
    August 28, 2013 at 6:45 am

    More on gaming... I'd be like a digital tech or something :)

  194. Ab R
    August 28, 2013 at 4:01 am

    I'd definitely use it for just everything :)

  195. Daniel Ooi
    August 28, 2013 at 3:27 am

    I would use the Leap Motion to use it on my daily work.

  196. James A
    August 28, 2013 at 3:24 am

    An interesting video demonstrating sign language. Wife knows it, I don't. Would be a cool learning tool for sure.

  197. Peter H
    August 28, 2013 at 2:58 am

    gaming control

  198. Nick Bogan
    August 28, 2013 at 2:53 am

    I would use it for drafting and designing roads, highways, bridges and structures on my computer

  199. Sam K
    August 27, 2013 at 8:45 pm

    How would you use the Leap Motion if you had one?

    to make my system motion sensing one

  200. Raymond C
    August 27, 2013 at 8:28 pm

    How would you use the Leap Motion if you had one?

    I'll use it as a toy for past time.

  201. Ryan Heatherly
    August 27, 2013 at 8:11 pm

    to control my tv and play some gamees ! :)

  202. Joe P
    August 27, 2013 at 7:57 pm

    Cut The Rope Course!

  203. Tom W
    August 27, 2013 at 7:31 pm

    I would be interested in seeing how easy it was to develop apps for the Leap Motion.

  204. Usman S
    August 27, 2013 at 7:27 pm

    i would use it in my final year project...i havent thought of "how" yet but i like to work on leap motion.

  205. Jeff B
    August 27, 2013 at 6:51 pm

    Based on this review, I would use it as a doorstop.

  206. Christopher Miller
    August 27, 2013 at 6:35 pm

    I would use mine for my tv-connected-pc in my man cave, do away with the clutter of m+kb.

  207. Valentina L
    August 27, 2013 at 6:14 pm

    The main thing to get. And what to do - you can always manage to come up with

  208. Stephen H
    August 27, 2013 at 4:46 pm

    I am in the developer program, so I have had a considerable amount of exposure to the leapmotion. I would advise to give it some time to mature. Even the best software has it's early pitfalls. This has broad reaching applications if the software development goes through all the proper lifecycles.

    With that said, I believe that the software initially being a gimmick is part of the lifecycle and will definitely make room for more advanced and feature rich applications in the future.

    The demo video was impressively more advanced than most of the apps on airspace. Trust me, I was a little miffed when I first got my dev unit. It was not nearly as impressive on my computer as it was in the videos. But there will be great things to come, especially in the medical and early childhood development fields.

    I am working on 3d modeling integration into the open source software Blender. It will allow for better manipulation and editing within the program. My End goal is to make it cross software, so that it can be configured as an input for many different modeling softwares.

  209. Howell W
    August 27, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    I would use it to enhance my computing experience. :)

  210. Paul W
    August 27, 2013 at 11:57 am

    I don't know how I'd use it yet but I'm sure I'd come up with something

  211. Brendan
    August 27, 2013 at 11:46 am

    I would like to introduce it to other people i know that does not know what this thing is :D

  212. Alex
    August 27, 2013 at 11:42 am

    I would use it for Multimedia features on my htpc

  213. abigail ong
    August 27, 2013 at 11:20 am

    sound like a lot of fun

  214. asim
    August 27, 2013 at 10:08 am

    I would try to use it for some augmented and motion sensor games and programs development. Thanks for the giveaway

  215. Hans Scheffler
    August 27, 2013 at 8:00 am

    I want to see if this can be a mouse replacement (suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome). Will also experiment with motion control app development.

    • Stephen H
      August 27, 2013 at 4:47 pm

      there are already plenty of apps for that, they are still buggy, but trust me, they will be there Bud. :)

  216. Bogdan P.
    August 27, 2013 at 6:26 am

    If I win it I'll use it with Google maps and I'll test it with games and apps!

    • Stephen H
      August 27, 2013 at 4:48 pm

      The leapmotion is supported natively by google earth on both windows and Mac. Quite cool to use if you get the hang of it.

  217. Mickey G
    August 27, 2013 at 4:50 am

    How would you use the Leap Motion if you had one? I would use it to make seemingly boring tasks fun!

  218. Boris
    August 27, 2013 at 4:31 am

    I'd design my Iron Man suit.

  219. desaria
    August 27, 2013 at 3:54 am

    i would use it for drawing

  220. Michael J
    August 27, 2013 at 3:39 am

    I would use it to play cut the rope.

  221. Wen B
    August 27, 2013 at 2:59 am

    I would use it to play games and to let my kids explore.

  222. Lesia
    August 27, 2013 at 2:19 am

    Definitely for the gaming controls :)
    Thanks :)

  223. Marissa L
    August 27, 2013 at 12:13 am

    this is so cool..would love to win one.thank you

  224. Eugene Y
    August 26, 2013 at 9:59 pm

    for gaming

  225. Michael Cooke
    August 26, 2013 at 9:14 pm

    Well I'd use it with my Tv, laptop and xbox to try out different things such seeing if it would allow games to be played with a controller or just surfing the web and typing without touching the laptop itself.
    Also as I'm entering a software deevelopment course next month I could use this device to test myself and try out new ideas, while also thinking of ways to solve the issues you outlined above.

  226. Jitendra A
    August 26, 2013 at 8:06 pm

    Experiment!

  227. pranav badyal
    August 26, 2013 at 8:04 pm

    I simply want to try it out. I haven't seen any such thing yet. Honestly, I am just curious to use it.

  228. Kim J
    August 26, 2013 at 5:06 pm

    to play music by using my hands

  229. zerifi
    August 26, 2013 at 4:24 pm

    I must test it before.

  230. Rob H
    August 26, 2013 at 4:03 pm

    I've always wanted a wii to see how motions controls worked so I would use it to test some games out and see how they are :)

  231. Noman F
    August 26, 2013 at 11:10 am

    very bad giveaway entry system.. please update this...

  232. N. turner
    August 26, 2013 at 10:51 am

    I would use it first to see what i can do, then figure out what would be best, controlling the tv or controlling my computer.

  233. Sidharth Rao
    August 26, 2013 at 7:16 am

    I would use it for gaming.

  234. VinceTheOtaku
    August 26, 2013 at 6:35 am

    I would use it to improve my workflow by adding great shortcuts.

  235. Brandon D
    August 26, 2013 at 12:24 am

    Gaming mostly

  236. Anthony
    August 26, 2013 at 12:07 am

    to play games in my free time

  237. Reggie B
    August 26, 2013 at 12:02 am

    I would use it to fulfill my "Minority Report" dream!

  238. Tania
    August 25, 2013 at 10:57 pm

    I would use this product to make sharing things at work easier. This is the best product for my job.

  239. Mohammed I
    August 25, 2013 at 5:49 pm

    I would use it during presentations. Very nifty :D

  240. Yedavilli S
    August 25, 2013 at 4:25 pm

    play with the computer a la the air guitar

  241. Rhealyn B
    August 25, 2013 at 4:03 pm

    I would download all the game apps that I liked and play them all during weekends! :)

  242. Junil M
    August 25, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    i would use it to use my windows 8 laptop. its an old laptop but i hope it would run on it.

  243. lache claude
    August 25, 2013 at 7:42 am

    LETS LEAP WITH MOTION

  244. Jayson T
    August 25, 2013 at 7:37 am

    i'll use it to impress my friends

  245. Dany B
    August 25, 2013 at 4:46 am

    I would use it to do some experimentations with it and after decide how I would use it more.

  246. Budi S
    August 25, 2013 at 4:16 am

    i would usi it to do some amazing trick

  247. subhro
    August 25, 2013 at 12:26 am

    Hope I win

  248. john lamano
    August 24, 2013 at 11:56 pm

    draw using it. or play a game with it.

  249. Jaffa Vickery
    August 24, 2013 at 11:51 pm

    UI Experimentation and design would be fun for this.

  250. Krastan D
    August 24, 2013 at 11:18 pm

    yes i probably would

  251. Julian
    August 24, 2013 at 11:01 pm

    nice paper weight

  252. Ina S
    August 24, 2013 at 10:43 pm

    play it ofcourse ~ :p

  253. Rob
    August 24, 2013 at 7:48 pm

    I would use it in class.

  254. Cathy C
    August 24, 2013 at 7:42 pm

    I am not 100% sure I would like to try it and think it looks just too cool not to try! My guess is my sons would do a grab and run as soon as it hit my doorstep

  255. qwerty
    August 24, 2013 at 7:18 pm

    gaming

  256. Tomasz J
    August 24, 2013 at 6:09 pm

    I would use it to have fun.

  257. John Michael J
    August 24, 2013 at 4:54 pm

    Try some RTS with it

  258. Karl S
    August 24, 2013 at 4:29 pm

    I'd try to figure out how to use it in my every day work.

  259. Adly A
    August 24, 2013 at 3:54 pm

    Best if I give as present to someone.

  260. Max
    August 24, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    I would use Leap Motion to test out at work as a new input method. If it catches on, it could be helpful.

  261. Laureen M
    August 24, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    to play!

  262. Mishaal F
    August 24, 2013 at 10:48 am

    for gaming

  263. Jie
    August 24, 2013 at 10:36 am

    I would use the Leap Motion by using American Sign Language to text program.

  264. Cristina M
    August 24, 2013 at 10:13 am

    I would use it to try motion games.

  265. sisyphia
    August 24, 2013 at 8:35 am

    I would use it for fun and for work.

  266. Victor M
    August 24, 2013 at 8:29 am

    I investigate all possibilities.

  267. Dmitriy S
    August 24, 2013 at 8:00 am

    I would use it for gaming!

  268. Jacson
    August 24, 2013 at 6:17 am

    use it to control my computer and web browsing

  269. Milinda L
    August 24, 2013 at 5:50 am

    It's for show.......!

  270. Pedro
    August 24, 2013 at 5:32 am

    For photography if possible.
    .

  271. Milos D
    August 24, 2013 at 5:22 am

    I'd rather not say... ;-)

  272. Zoran
    August 24, 2013 at 5:08 am

    On computer...

  273. Nachiketa Y
    August 24, 2013 at 4:46 am

    will use for gaming

  274. Va D
    August 24, 2013 at 4:21 am

    I would constantly think and say to myself why my hands are so big.

  275. Mahesh K
    August 24, 2013 at 2:04 am

    try to find its other uses other than gaming

  276. John C
    August 24, 2013 at 1:58 am

    I would see how much tech in my house I could hack with it

  277. Sean M
    August 24, 2013 at 1:47 am

    I'd let my kids play with it

  278. linz
    August 24, 2013 at 1:35 am

    I would like to search its use,for I first know this device

  279. Rod Bang
    August 24, 2013 at 1:17 am

    use it for gesture control

  280. Keith W
    August 24, 2013 at 1:08 am

    Hard to say until I've plaed with it but probably for gaming.

  281. John C
    August 24, 2013 at 12:50 am

    Most likely gaming.

  282. Mike Faubert
    August 24, 2013 at 12:38 am

    I would use it to play games with motion control.

  283. Tiago R
    August 24, 2013 at 12:29 am

    i just remembered a better one.......prevent future crimes!!!!!

  284. James Ezell
    August 24, 2013 at 12:29 am

    a coworker bought into this on kickstarter and had the same conclusion. not quite ready for primetime

  285. Tiago R
    August 24, 2013 at 12:28 am

    start creating Skynet!!!

  286. Michel K
    August 24, 2013 at 12:26 am

    To better browse the internet :)

  287. Luke Wojick
    August 24, 2013 at 12:16 am

    Game and level design. Can't go wrong with digital design

  288. Deven
    August 23, 2013 at 11:24 pm

    If I had one of these bad boys, I guarantee I would convince all my friends into thinking I was magic.

  289. Justin
    August 23, 2013 at 11:07 pm

    I would design apps that make use of it so that I can be Tony Stark

  290. Kilgore T
    August 23, 2013 at 10:54 pm

    I would use for the gaming motion controls

  291. Norbert G
    August 23, 2013 at 10:53 pm

    I would use it to show my projetcs to people.

  292. Wladmilson Veiga
    August 23, 2013 at 10:47 pm

    Nice to have one in my "hands".

  293. Keegan Donley
    August 23, 2013 at 10:25 pm

    I'd like to use this to improve my video editing/production workflow some way!

  294. Jack O
    August 23, 2013 at 10:22 pm

    If I had a leap motion, first I would install bettertouchtool so I could get gestures. Then I would add gestures to many simple (but sometimes tedious) activities, such as switching tabs or windows. Also, I would make it where I could raise/lower the volume by just a wave of my hand!

  295. Akun
    August 23, 2013 at 9:17 pm

    videos

  296. SR
    August 23, 2013 at 9:06 pm

    games

  297. Prabhdeep S
    August 23, 2013 at 8:38 pm

    I would use it in Autocad if possible to move #d objects and rotate them easily and a bit naturally. Also general use like in touchscreen Windows 8 Laptop.

  298. Victor O
    August 23, 2013 at 8:10 pm

    To work more intuitively with a windows 8 computer and to control presentations remotely (page up, page down, scrolling, next slide, etc.)

  299. Ed
    August 23, 2013 at 7:42 pm

    Would love to use it as part of a home theater setup.

  300. Antonio R
    August 23, 2013 at 7:12 pm

    Playing and browsing.

  301. Gina F
    August 23, 2013 at 6:13 pm

    I would use it for gaming.

  302. Adam B
    August 23, 2013 at 6:03 pm

    Games, I think. Hard to imagine doing real work with it.

  303. vanja
    August 23, 2013 at 6:03 pm

    im a graphics student, so i guess i will use it to test some games and graphics

  304. Bob F
    August 23, 2013 at 6:02 pm

    How would you use the Leap Motion if you had one? I would use it to augment my wacom intuos5 to interact with my art station.

  305. John D
    August 23, 2013 at 6:00 pm

    Gaming

  306. Antonio I
    August 23, 2013 at 5:54 pm

    I would use it with my Windows 8 machine to use the interface and play enabled games and have fun!

  307. Alexander Belkov
    August 23, 2013 at 5:50 pm

    gaming motion controls

  308. Marcelo
    August 23, 2013 at 5:47 pm

    I would use it to control music and video players while being AFK.

  309. Sagar
    August 23, 2013 at 5:08 pm

    motion COntrol Games

  310. Jurmy C
    August 23, 2013 at 5:02 pm

    Maybe some games...or 3d design...who knows? tones of possibilities

  311. mark arvin valenzuela
    August 23, 2013 at 4:38 pm

    nice gadget :)

  312. Garva S
    August 23, 2013 at 4:36 pm

    I would use it for do something great and also for education.

  313. Edza B
    August 23, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    for gaming of course.

  314. Tate S
    August 23, 2013 at 4:22 pm

    Not sure yet... the possibilities are endless XD

  315. Anand T
    August 23, 2013 at 3:52 pm

    I would probably try drawing with it

  316. Abhimanyu A
    August 23, 2013 at 3:49 pm

    I would develop apps for it !..

  317. Yuval P
    August 23, 2013 at 3:47 pm

    Remote for my Media Center

  318. Anthony
    August 23, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    I think this could be great for some Wii-style "party" gaming

  319. Mihir Chheda
    August 23, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    For gaming of course!

  320. Jonas E
    August 23, 2013 at 3:17 pm

    To bo honest, I would just use it for pretty much everything, from gaming to editing to schoolwork :)

  321. Tabi
    August 23, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    Gaming and maybe work-related presentations and displays.

  322. Alexander Genvarev
    August 23, 2013 at 2:41 pm

    for gaming

  323. Bruce
    August 23, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    I'd use it to take over the world without having to press that annoying red button. Now all it takes is a flick of the wrist!

  324. Harshit J
    August 23, 2013 at 2:33 pm

    I would use it to have some fun in front of my friends.

  325. Kraig GeekYoshi Reed
    August 23, 2013 at 2:15 pm

    I would like to see it's abilities with gaming

  326. Daniel J
    August 23, 2013 at 2:02 pm

    Try to bring out it capacities and a alternative for Kinect for Windows

  327. James
    August 23, 2013 at 1:53 pm

    For gaming it would be nice to try out the features.

  328. David C
    August 23, 2013 at 1:48 pm

    Attempt to impress friends and family.

  329. moorandro
    August 23, 2013 at 1:43 pm

    I'd create better 3D models and stuff like that

  330. Bogdan D
    August 23, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    On a laptop

  331. Elisabetta S
    August 23, 2013 at 1:38 pm

    I would use to play with my game.

  332. Muhammad Umar Anjum
    August 23, 2013 at 1:35 pm

    I would use it to play games and also for general use

  333. Alexandru Mohora
    August 23, 2013 at 1:35 pm

    I would probably try to become a digital Picasso!

  334. Alan
    August 23, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    I want to use one on a robot I am building to provide custom gesture based commands to it.

  335. Rory L
    August 23, 2013 at 1:23 pm

    Id use it for gaming

  336. Sampath S
    August 23, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    I would like this to use on designing logos and other things which deal with designing.

  337. frdo25
    August 23, 2013 at 1:15 pm

    I would see if i could incorporate the Kinect with it for obscene "gesture based computing"

  338. Koshy G
    August 23, 2013 at 1:10 pm

    Yes

  339. Matt
    August 23, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    O how would I use it your say. Well that looks like half the fun. Learning how to use it.

  340. Moi P
    August 23, 2013 at 12:53 pm

    I would mainly use it to navigate on google earth with my kids, and may be to develop a good paiting soft for them

  341. Ben Schoon
    August 23, 2013 at 12:47 pm

    I would use it to bring a unique aspect to my computer and to freak some people out when i use it!!

  342. Alex
    August 23, 2013 at 12:47 pm

    gaming motion controls

  343. Chris K
    August 23, 2013 at 12:44 pm

    I have a PC attached to my television. I also have a laptop without touch options I may consider using it on for when I'm working.

  344. Michael Bolens
    August 23, 2013 at 12:43 pm

    I'd use it to help kickstart me into the wold of game development. Since AR/physical motion devices seem to be the way of the future, it would be the perfect opportunity.

  345. Andrew L
    August 23, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    I'd use this to try somegames with motion controls.

  346. Sara Regan
    August 23, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    I would so use it for our HackDay at work, where we want one so we can just generally play and hack away at it!!! :D

  347. Hristo Todorov
    August 23, 2013 at 12:40 pm

    I would use it to play with my kid. Awesome!

    • Rami D
      September 2, 2013 at 1:10 pm

      I would use it with my brothers in gaming, and to share it with the family while connecting my pc to the TV so we can all have a lovely time :D

    • Faruk Bahadirli
      September 3, 2013 at 5:20 am

      I certainly would use it with my family.

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