The World's Most Accurate 3-D Motion-Control Technology Will Provide Thousands of Free Developer Units for Huge Variety of Applications
San Francisco, CA – July 31, 2012
The Leap has captured tremendous international attention from developers, with more than 26,000 currently requesting to work with the world's most accurate 3-D motion-control technology. Developers in more than 140 countries and all 50 U.S. states have applied for one of Leap Motion's free software development units. Leap Motion encourages anyone interested in creating innovative applications for the Leap to request a developer unit.
During the first seven days following the Leap's unveiling, developer applications poured in at an average rate of 1.55 every minute. Leap Motion received 15,000 developer applications within the first week. New applications continue to come in daily, and thousands of developer units will be sent around the globe in the coming months. Leap Motion's commitment to open developer support includes:
- A full-time team dedicated to working directly with Leap developers.
- An active online community, including a forum for developer discussions.
- Upcoming hackathons and developer meet-ups; dates to be announced.
- Plans for the creation of an app store and discovery platform for developers to share their Leap-inspired creations with millions of potential users around the world.
"Leap Motion is committed to radically changing the way people interact with computers, and opening Leap up to the creative imagination of the world is essential to truly realizing the potential of this technology," said Leap Motion CEO and co-founder Michael Buckwald. "We've already seen developers propose exciting applications for the Leap that we hadn't even imagined, and look forward to even more. We can't wait for Leap users to experience the applications when the product ships in early 2013."
The most popular application categories for developers are gaming (14 percent), followed by music and video (12 percent), art and design (11 percent), science and medicine (8 percent), robotics (6 percent), Web and social (6 percent), and education (4 percent). More than 90 percent of developers want to sell their applications through the Leap Motion store.
Leap Motion has also received more than 400 proposals for computer-aided design software -- the computing challenge that inspired co-founder and CTO David Holz to begin creating Leap Motion's technology in 2008. Other use ideas from developers include translating sign language, driving a car or airplane, supporting physical rehabilitation and special needs, manipulating photos and videos, creating new art forms and thousands more.
Of the 26,194 developer unit requests received as of July 23:
- Developers from 143 countries have applied.
- 42 percent have come from developers in the United States.
- 23 percent of U.S. applications have come from developers in California.
- New York, Texas, Florida, Washington, Massachusetts, Illinois, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Virginia round out the top 10 developer states.
- The remaining requests span the globe, with the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Canada, Brazil, Australia, Italy, Japan and India requesting the most units.
- More than 1,500 applications come from researchers and students at colleges and universities, including Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Stanford University.
Leap Motion will begin shipping free developer units in the next few months, and developers with ideas for using the Leap can apply for a unit athttp://developers.leapmotion.com Consumers can pre-order the Leap for $70 plus shipping and handling at http://store.leapmotion.com. Leap Motion plans to begin shipping worldwide in early 2013.
About Leap Motion based in San Francisco, Leap Motion is a motion-control software and hardware company developing the world's most powerful and sensitive 3-D motion-control and motion-sensing technology. Leap Motion's first product, the Leap, will be available in early 2013. The Leap is 200 times more sensitive than existing motion-control technology, making it the first product to let users navigate and interact with computer applications using natural hand and finger movements. Founded in 2010 by Michael Buckwald and David Holz, the company has raised $14.55 million to date.