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Leap Motion Controller to Launch as Best Buy Exclusive on May 19th

Leap Motion Controller to Launch as Best Buy Exclusive on May 19th

We’ve been extremely excited about Leap’s gesture-based controller since we first heard about it in May of 2012 – and after almost a year of waiting, Leap Motion has announced that the revolutionary new gesture controller will finally hit shelves at Best Buy on May 19th. Shipments for those those who pre-ordered before March will ship on May 13th, giving early adopters a slightly earlier delivery than everyone else.

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From the official announcement we received from LEAP:

The Leap Motion Controller will begin shipping globally to pre-order consumers on May 13, and will then have a retail launch exclusively in the U.S. at Best Buy stores on May 19. The launch price, in place today, is $79.99. LeapMotion.com continues taking pre-orders in the U.S., and is the only channel currently for international orders. BestBuy.com will also begin taking U.S. pre-orders today.

In addition to the device itself, Leap Motion will also be launching an app store called AirSpace, featuring a selection of apps that are designed to work with the device:

Leap Motion’s app store will be called Airspace™, and will offer a wide variety of app categories including gaming, music, education, art, productivity and more. Some of the expected applications for the Leap Motion Controller announced today include:

  • Plug-ins for 3-D design software leader Autodesk
  • Corel’s Painter apps
  • Disney Interactive’s Wreck-It Ralph: Sugar Rush Speedway racing game
  • Double Fine’s music game Dischord (made exclusively for Leap Motion)
  • The Weather Channel app
  • ZeptoLab’s Cut the Rope, a top casual game

I could not be more excited to finally be getting my hands on one of these! Check out the video below to see it in action. Pre-orders are available now at Best Buy – I’d recommend ordering sooner rather than later to make sure you get one as early as possible! Check out Leap Motion’s website for more details!

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