leap_motion_logoA couple of days ago I was working on a presentation about Datasift UX to give to my colleagues the day after. While I was trying the presentation I notice the Leap Motion (a friendly loan from @luka_bernardi) on my desk. Is it the Leap Motion ready to use in this scenario?

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On the Airspace store I found two interesting applications: Presentable and PRSNTA, both free.

Presentable

“Get your presentation superpowers”

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It seems a flexible product. You can import PDF data (exporting it from Apple Keynote or Microsoft Powerpoint or whatever), create slides from any web page and use video (also from Youtube). Leap Motion gives you some special ability: scroll web pages by hovering hand up or down, go to next page by drawing a clockwise circle in the air and using a pencil (or something similar) you can access a “Virtual Laser Pointer“.

I just need to change page during my presentation so I trained myself to go ahead and back drawing a clockwise circle in the air. After a couple of minutes of training I feel like an idiot. Almost half of my circle in the air wasn’t accepted by the system and when anything doesn’t work you immediately seems like an idiot. So I tried PRSNTA.

PRSNTA

“Show your presentations in a completely new way”

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It isn’t different than Presentable but functionalities are easier: it only support images and PDFs. Also gesture are easier: move your hand from right to left to go ahead and from left to right to go back. You had some special gestures to change slide using different effects and some others to highlight, use a virtual pointer and display messages.

Training was a bit better but still a pain. After a dozen of slide change the app doesn’t respond anymore and to change slide you need to wait for about 15 seconds felling like an idiot.

The day after with natural light and more training, things go better but I decided to not give the presentation using Leap Motion. The WOW effect doesn’t worth the feel-like-an-idiot risk.

Leap Motion is an awesome product but applications are still young and users aren’t ready to exploit a completely new way to interact with their system. Device and application need to be improved and mind of users have to be trained too.