Leap Motion has announced that it will be delaying pre-order shipments of its motion control device until July 22. The controller, first revealed last May, was originally scheduled to ship to pre-order customers on May 13. A retail launch exclusive to Best Buy stores was scheduled for May 19, but the status of that release now appears to be up in the air. TechnologyGuide has reached out to Leap Motion for further details and will update this post once it hears back.
Leap Motion CEO Michael Buckwald revealed the extension in a letter to pre-order customers yesterday, saying that the company \”very likely could have hit the original ship date\” but that it wants to take the time to complete further \”comprehensive testing\” for developers before releasing the device to the public.
Buckwald says that it will hold another round of beta testing in June to do that, which will include the roughly 12,000 developers who currently have the device plus a few consumers to be selected at a later date. The complete letter can be found at the source link below.
The miniature, Kinect-style device lets users control their computers through hand and finger movements. TG has been impressed by the controller in the past, and the company has already announced partnerships with manufacturers like Asus and HP. Major applications like Google Earth have also started to include support for the machine. When the controller does become available, it will cost $80.
Source: Leap Motion