New York Times app adopts Leap Motion gesture control

Users navigate stories via hand gestures, such as a circular motion to scroll up and down and tapping to flip a story card from the preview to the full story.

The Leap Motion Controller allows users to control apps via gestures without touching the screen. Screenshot via New York Times video

The New York Times is ditching the keyboard, mouse, and touch with a free app that works with Leap Motion's $79.99 gesture-based controller for desktops and laptops running Apple's OSX 10.7 and 10.8, as well as Windows 7 and 8.

The app displays news stories as "cards," and users navigate them using gestures, such as a circular motion to scroll up and down and tapping to flip a story card from the preview to the full story. The app also includes the potential addition of gesture-controlled advertisements slotted between story cards.

Leap Motion can track all 10 fingers up to one hundredth of a millimeter in accuracy, the company said, and can tell the difference between fingers in use. It also understands actions, such as bending, flipping, or folding your hands.

The Leap Motion Controller will be available to consumers for $79.99 on July 22. It arrives at Best Buy on July 28. Leap Motion

The New York Times app will be available for download from the Leap Motion Airspace Store on July 22, when the controller becomes available to consumers. The company expects to have about 100 apps in the Airspace Store at launch. The Leap Motion Controller will be available in Best Buy stores beginning July 28.

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