By Khurram Aziz email: email@example.com | Jan 16, 2013 04:13 PM EST
Leap Motion, the maker of innovative motion control technology, has struck its first retail partnership: an exclusive launch deal to sell the device at Best Buy.
The company confirmed in a press release that the tiny device will be available in the spring, with Best Buy taking pre-orders for the $70 gadget from February.
The Leap Motion controller allows a user to control their PC simply with hand gestures. The company says that the technology can track movements up to 1/100th millimeter - smaller than the tip of a pin - with no visible lag time. It also has a 150-degree field of view, and tracks individual hands and all 10 fingers at up to 290 frames per second.
The controller itself measures approximately 3-inches long, 1-inch wide and ½ inch thick.
"Consumers expect Best Buy to have the latest connected technology and the Leap Motion Controller is a great example," said Jason Bonfig, merchant vice president for computing at Best Buy in a release. "We are excited to bring this innovative product exclusively to our customers."
"Finding a major retail partner for our North American launch was a critical component to our strategy, and Best Buy was the obvious choice," said Leap Motion President and COO Andy Miller. "Best Buy's market leadership and extensive store distribution network, combined with the product floor space and dedicated marketing promotional plans, represents an incredible opportunity to bring the Leap Motion controller to a massive consumer audience."
The Best Buy deal follows an announcement from the company earlier in the month that it had struck a partnership with Asus to ship the motion controller with its new laptops.
Founded in 2010 in San Francisco, Leap Motion specializes in powerful and sensitive 3D motion-control and motion-sensing technology. Alongside the controller itself, Leap Motion says that the device will have its own app store and claims 40,000 developers worldwide have requested to work with the company, and it has sent out 12,000 free units to developers to foster the creation of new applications.
Check the video below to see the device in action.