Leap Motion in Motion in School

Following a hurried license agreement addendum with the Leap Motion team, we were able to use the Leap Motion on the school network at the school’s annual open evening last night. This created a problem because we were only able to install the software at the last minute. So, how did it go?

Leap Motion does not play well with proxy servers. This caused a problem because the software installed fine but when you wanted to play the majority of apps from their AirSpace app store, they need to be able to connect to the internet and the proxy prevents this fromĀ  happening. In the end, we were only able to get the visualisation/orientation app working and Touchless for Windows. Visitors, young and old, and pupils, were compelled to have a go at controlling the PC using their waving hands. We set up a pupil machine with a display splitter so it displayed on the projector.

If you’re planning on having a go, I recommend setting it up on an admin access machine and using a non-school internet connection. It simply doesn’t play nicely on the network – or at least, not on our network. Leap Motion is a great piece of kit. HP have even made a laptop with it built in. But, a bit like voice control as an input device, you need to take time to learn how to use it well. I cannot foresee a context in which I will *want* to use it as a means of controlling my computer. But it does provide an excellent bit of kit to stimulate debate and thought about the appropriate selection of input devices. Also, the imaging and tracking of your hands onto the screen helps demonstrate the speed at which a computer can process data. Shame we cannot put Cut The Rope through its paces…

Leap Motion in Motion in School

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