Lately I've been inspired by the leap motion V2's ability to track tools. I find that a number 2 pencil works best if you want to play around with it. Working with 3d software I see how this will really come in handy for imputing absolute XYZ coordinates. Unlike the popular 3d 3Dconnexion mouse which move relatively in 3d. Such devices for absolute control exist as tools for 3d professionals but are quite pricey like the one listed here. http://news.softpedia.com/newsImage/Haptic-Pen-Guides-Hand-of-Visually-Impaired-2.jpg/
While the leap doesn't have the benefit of haptic feedback and may not have the same accuracy it has the big advantage of cost and a large range to work with. Though one problem I see is that not having a button limits the functionality of it. Using up a hand that can be used for rotation and movement. Below is my concept art on an idea to help with this that should be very low cost to implement if it works well. I created a quick concept in the 3d program blender.
I know it looks a little odd. Basically its a pen designed to not only be tracked more accurately but also have a control button like on a wacom tablet pen. When the button is press it turns on a IR led with a diffuser to send light out in 360 degrees so it can be seen by the leap's IR camera at many angles. The leap then interprets the turning on and off as button presses and passes them on to apps.
Some applications I can think of off the top of my head.
Easy 2D and 3D painting
Laser pointer like computer mouse control
3d modeling and sculpting
Games and more
I'm interested in some feedback if you can help.
- Is the IR system I mention possible to do with the leap motion without causing too much interference?
- Would spherical ends help aid the tracking?
- Would you be interested in this?
- Would you be interested in using this with your project?
- Any other thoughts on the concept?
- Any ideas to improve it?
Thanks, I'm not a developer at the moment but a 3d hobbyist that would like to see something like this exist.