Leap Motion, a designer of motion-control software and hardware for personal computers, announced on Thursday that it would delay commercial shipments of its controller and software from mind-May to late July. The company cites necessity to test the actual product with software developers and beta testers before shipping it to general customers.
“I wanted to reach out to update you on the status of our ship date. After a lot of consideration, we have decided to push back the date and will now be shipping units to pre-order customers on July 22nd,” said Michael Buckwald, chief executive officer and co-founder of Leap Motion,
According the head of Leap Motion, it has manufactured over six hundred thousand devices and delivered twelve thousand to developers who are building applications. Customers from over 150 countries have already ordered hundreds of thousands of devices. While the supply and demand situation looks normal and Leap Motion could fulfill all the orders on time, the company decided to actually beta test the product before shipping to end-users.
As a result, starting from June Leap Motion will commence a beta program. The company will give the twelve thousand of developers who currently have Leap Motion controllers access to the feature complete product including OS interaction (today developers only have access to the SDK). Leap Motion will also invite some people who are not developers to join the beta test.
“Ultimately, the only way we felt 100% con?dent we could deliver a truly magical product that would do justice to this new form of interaction, was to push the date so we would have more time for a larger, more diverse beta test,” said Mr. Buckwald.
Leap Motion's technology – which relies on a special receiver hardware and custom software – can track movements to 1/100th millimeter with no visible lag time. The Leap Motion controller has a 150-degree field of view, and tracks individual hands and all 10 fingers at 290 frames per second. The controller will be able to control the operating system as well as specially-built apps.
Earlier this year Leap Motion teamed up with Asustek Computer and Hewlett-Packard to bring motion-sensing capabilities to premium PCs. It remains to be seen how the delay of the controller affects plans of Asus and HP.