Leap Motion's gesture-based controller can be used for anything from playing air drums to navigating Google Earth, but company co-founder and CEO Michael Buckwald reckons it has the potential to literally shape the future of one particular area: 3D printing.
Buckwald told TRPro that the the company is looking to "take the frustration" out of creating 3D objects on a PC, whether that's 3D printing, sculpting or otherwise.
"We were frustrated with the fact that a five-year-old can make something with Play-Doh, but it takes a professional modeler an hour to do the same thing," he said. "Our original vision for the company was creating things that are in 3D, and that's really a fundamentally missing piece of the 3D printing puzzle.
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"Our Freeform sculpting app doesn't just support moulding shapes, it also supports importing 3D files, customising and then printing them."
To extend its reach, Leap Motion struck a deal to see its controller embedded into HP's Envy 17 Leap Motion Special Edition laptop, and it's on its way to becoming integrated into keyboards and all-in-one PCs too.
Though not necessarily embedded into 3D printers themselves, Buckwald can see the controller being bundled with them in the future to capitalize on a supposed imminent 3D printing boom.
He said: "Absolutely [that may happen]. We're most passionate about democratising content creation - whether that's 3D printing, music or drawing - and those are three areas where there's most momentum right now."