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Leap Motion delays shipments of gesture-based controller

Written on:April 25, 2013
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Those of you counting on receiving Leap Motion’s hot new minute-motion sensor in May will have to wait a few more months. Leap CEO Michael Buckwald said the startup is delaying shipments of the controller — which promises to give any PC a gesture-based interface – until July 22 in order to allow more time for testing.

Buckwald said it became clear to the company it needed to expand its beta trials beyond developers to ensure that the device is ready for commercial release. “There is nothing catastrophically wrong,” Buckwald said. “We are proud of the product.”

The original ship date was set for May 13 for customers who pre-ordered the device for $ 80. It was also set to appear on Best Buy shelves on May 19. Buckwald said that if Leap Motion’s engineers had pushed they might have made those dates, but they felt that the delay would allow them to improve the product.

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