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Play a harp in the air with Leap Motion

The Leap Motion controller hasn't hit the market, but already developers are starting to play.

(Screenshot by Michelle Starr/CNET Australia)

The Leap Motion controller hasn't hit the market, but already developers are starting to play.

The Kinect was a pretty great piece of tech, but we're really excited about Leap Motion: a 3D motion-control system for your PC that looks both precise and full of potential.

Developer Adam Somers has already been having a bit of a tinker as Leap Motion gears up for release to the consumer market in early 2013 — producing a simple program called AirHarp that lets you pluck at harp strings on your computer screen from the air.

AirHarp is the result of a weekend hacking session with a Leap Motion dev board. Leap Motion is a highly precise and responsive motion-tracking device, making it a perfect tool for expressive musical interactions. AirHarp is being developed in C++ using my audio-processing toolkit, MusKit. The source code for both projects is available here.

In the video below, you can see the program in action. The more we see of Leap Motion, the more we itch to get our hands on it. So to speak.

You can pre-order Leap Motion here for US$69.99, and download AirHarp from Somers' web page.

Via blog.makezine.com