Using Leap Motion (Windows 7 and 8)
This document applies to Leap Motion devices used with HP PCs running Windows 7 or Windows 8.
Leap Motion technology is a different way to provide input and interact with your computer using gestures. The Leap Motion sensor can be used with other computer input devices. The sensor detects hand and finger motions made without touching the computer and interprets the gestures as mouse and keyboard inputs. The Leap Motion sensor tracks motions to within 0.01mm using 2 CCD cameras. A few applications for this technology include:
- 3D modeling for art, science and robotics
- Animation for art and games
- Education for science, music, games, and technology
- Imaging for music, presentations, and sterile environments
Installing Leap Motion Software
Use this section to install Leap Motion software. Leap Motion comes preinstalled on some HP computers. If you have a computer that came preinstalled with Leap Motion software, skip this section and go to Setting up Leap Motion . Leap Motion must be installed on computers when a Leap Motion device is purchased separately.
Before you install
Before installing be aware of the following issues:
- Leap Motion software needs up to 400MB of free disk space to install.
- Update the latest graphics drivers for your computer before installing Leap Motion software.
- Use Internet Explorer 10 or higher, or another browser to download Leap Motion software.
- If you have problems downloading the software, temporarily disable any anti-virus software that is running.
Follow these steps to install Leap Motion software on your computer.
- Connect your keyboard or sensor to a USB 2.0 port on your computer.
- In your Internet browser, go to https://www.leapmotion.com/setup (in English)
- Click Windows Download to begin downloading Leap Motion software.
- The Welcome to Leap Motion window opens. Follow the setup manager directions to install Leap Motion.
- After installation is complete, you are prompted to restart your computer. Click Restart Now.
Setting up Leap Motion
You must have a Leap Motion sensor to set up and use Leap Motion. The Leap Motion hardware comes in several configurations. The separate Leap Motion device can be used as an accessory with many HP computers. Select HP notebook computers have embedded Leap Motion sensors. Some HP keyboards come with an embedded Leap Motion sensor. These keyboards are delivered with select HP desktop computers or can be purchased separately.
Figure 5: Examples of Leap Motion sensors
1 - The Leap Motion sensor on a notebook
2 - The Leap Motion sensor on a keyboard
3 - The Leap Motion device as an accessory
Follow these steps to set up your Leap Motion device.
- Connect your computer to the Internet.
- Open Leap Motion Airspace.
- If you have not already activated the Leap Motion sensor, the computer prompts you to activate the sensor by pressing fn and spacebar. When the sensor is activated, you see two red LEDs inside the Leap Motion sensor turn on. A small white or green light next to the Leap Motion sensor also turns on.
- Get started by signing up for a Leap Motion account or sign in to an existing account.
NOTE:For best performance of the Leap Motion sensor:
- Set up your Leap Motion device away from direct sunlight or other bright infrared (IR) sources.
- Pull back long sleeves and remove large jewelry or other items from your hands.
- Be sure the Leap Motion sensor is clean and free of scratches or debris.
- Keep hands parallel to the sensor and within the sensor range. Spread your fingers to improve sensor detection.
You are now set up to use Leap Motion.
Learning to use Leap Motion
Once you have signed in, the Airspace Home page opens. The Airspace Home page has activities and games that help you get used to interacting with your computer using Leap Motion. It is useful to try these activities and adjust the Leap Motion settings to your preferences. Be sure you have activated the Leap Motion sensor. When the sensor is activated, you see two red LEDs inside the Leap Motion sensor. A small white or green light next to the Leap Motion sensor also turns on. If the lights are not on, press fn and spacebar to turn on the sensor.
Click on the Orientation tile to begin learning about Leap Motion.
Interact within Orientation through the following three modules:
- This is where it sees: Allows you to find the limits of the Leap Motion sensor. Moving your hands up and to each side clearly identifies the area where the sensor works. To end this module, put your hand over the sensor and then pull your hand out of the detection area.
- This is what it sees: Allows you to view your hands and fingers as the Leap Motion sensor views them. Notice that keeping your hands parallel to the sensor and keeping your fingers apart makes it easier for the sensor to detect your fingers. To end this module, put your hand over the sensor and then pull your hand out of the detection area.
- This is how you draw: Allows you to use a finger to draw on the screen. Move your finger forward over the sensor until a line or dot shows on the screen. Move your finger up, down, and side to side to draw. Pull your finger back to stop drawing. To end this module, pull your finger out of the detection area of the sensor.
The Leap Motion Visualizer is a separate program that is not on the Airspace home page. The Visualizer shows how the sensor views your hands and fingers. To open the Visualizer:
Move your hands into the range of the Leap Motion sensor to view what the sensor views. Use the Visualizer to improve how you interact with the sensor.
Interacting with Windows using Leap Motion
You must open Touchless for Windows from the Airspace Home page each time you start your computer to begin interacting with Windows using Leap Motion. Some Leap Motion devices do not come with Touchless for Windows. If your Airspace Home page does not have the Touchless for Windows tile, you can download the free Touchless for Windows app from the Airspace Store (in English). Go to the Leap Motion Airspace Store section in this document and follow the steps to download the app.
The Touchless for Windows app allows you to interact using gestures within the Windows environment. The app defines a virtual touch surface in the air above the sensor. The sensor responds to gestures moving near and through the virtual surface.
Use the following steps to set up Touchless for Windows on your computer.
- Clicking on the Touchless for Windows tile for the first time opens the Touchless Getting Started tutorial
- Click through the tutorial to learn how to use Touchless for Windows on your computer.
- After completing the tutorial, find the Touchless icon in the desktop tool tray. Right click on the Touchless icon to display the menu.
- Select Interaction to choose how you want to interact with the computer.Disabled: Turns off touchless interaction.Basic: Turns on one finger clicking and multiple finger scrolling.Advanced: Turns on one finger clicking and scrolling, and two finger zoom.
Touchless for Windows is now activated.
You need to practice in order to use Touchless for Windows effectively. Begin by practicing simple tasks. It can be challenging at first to select and move items near the corners and edges of the computer screen. Long sleeves and large jewelry or other items on your hands can interfere with the Leap Motion sensor. Remove jewelry and pull back sleeves to improve performance. You may want to change the Leap Motion sensor settings in the Leap Motion Control Panel to improve your effectiveness. While you are using Touchless for Windows, other input devices (keyboard, mouse, trackpad) still function.
Change the Touchless for Windows settings from the computer desktop. For Windows 8, select the desktop from the Start screen.
From the desktop, right click on the Touchless icon in the desktop tools tray to display the menu.
Select the menu items to make changes to Touchless settings.
- Interaction switches between Basic mode and Advanced mode.
- Open Help Guide gives more tips and techniques for interacting with your computer in Basic mode or Advanced mode.
- Getting Started takes you into the Touchless for Windows tutorial.
- Use Multiple Monitors, only available in Windows 8, sets up touchless interaction across multiple screens.
As your motions become more relaxed and natural with practice, you work more efficiently with Touchless for Windows.
Improving your Leap Motion experience
Your computer and the Airspace Store have other Leap Motion apps to improve and adjust your Leap Motion experience.
The Airspace Store features a variety of both free and paid apps. Apps can serve a range of purposes, including entertainment, education, productivity, and more. Use the following steps to download apps from the Airspace Store.
- Open Leap Motion Airspace.
- From the Airspace Home screen, select the Airspace Store tile.
- Scroll through the Airspace Store or search for specific apps.
- Choose the app you want. If it is a paid app, you must have a payment method set up on your account. To download any app, you must enter your Leap Motion Airspace account password.
Use the Control Panel to make adjustments to the sensor settings, resolve some sensor problems, and get additional support.
The following tabs within the Leap Motion Control Panel allow you to change the sensor settings, use troubleshooting tools and get additional support:
- General: Select system and interaction settings from the General tab. HP recommends using the presets provided by Leap Motion.Select Automatic Power Saving to extend the battery life of the computer. Leap Motion uses a lot of power. Avoid running out of power on your notebook computer by using Automatic Power Saving.Interaction height is the approximate distance your hands are above the Leap Motion sensor. A lower interaction height requires more careful hand and finger movements to accurately interact with the computer. Select Automatic Interaction Height to allow the Leap Motion sensor to automatically determine the best interaction height based on your usage.If you choose not to check automatically for updates, remember to return to the General tab to check for updates.
- Tracking: Under the Tracking tab, choose Leap Motion responsiveness. A balance between speed and precision is recommended for most applications.
- Troubleshooting The Troubleshooting tab provides help for solving problems with Leap Motion. For specific troubleshooting help see Troubleshooting Leap Motion .
Troubleshooting Leap Motion
Leap Motion includes many troubleshooting tools. Most of the troubleshooting tools are accessed through the Leap Motion Control Panel.
Sometimes restarting the Leap Motion sensor solves sensor problems. Turn off the Leap Motion sensor by pressing fn and spacebar. Wait a few seconds, and then press fn and spacebar to turn the sensor back on.
If restarting the sensor does not solve the problem, exit the Airspace Home page. Wait 5 seconds and then restart the Airspace Home page.
The Leap Motion icon in the desktop tools tray displays different colors based on specific problems with the sensor.
|n/a||Leap Motion sensor is working correctly; there is no solution needed.|
|Environmental problem||Run a Diagnostic test|
|Sensor calibration problem||Recalibrate your device|
|Sensor is turned off|
|Turn on the sensor by pressing fn and spacebar.|
Report your software issue to Leap Motion or go to the Leap Motion Support site (in English) for more help.
To run a series of troubleshooting tests, select Start Diagnostics from the Troubleshooting tab.
NOTE:You need to be available to interact with the computer during diagnostic testing.
The testing proceeds in this order:
- Hardware and Software Testing includes checking connectivity, sensors, and software problems.
- Environmental Testing includes checking for smudges, scratches, and lighting problems
- Calibration Testing checks the ability to sense separate fingers.
When the testing is complete, you receive recommendations on how to solve any problems the testing encountered.
Recalibrate the sensor when prompted by your computer or when you notice that the sensor is not tracking well. You might need to recalibrate the sensor more often if you move your computer frequently. To recalibrate, select Recalibrate Device from the Troubleshooting tab.
Use a small mirror or other reflective surface and follow the on-screen directions. Twisting and rotating motions work best to complete the recalibration. Turn the sensor back on after recalibrating.
The Diagnostic Visualizer provides very specific feedback on how the sensor views your hand and finger motions. To use the Diagnostic Visualizer, select Diagnostic Visualizer from the Troubleshooting tab.
The Diagnostic Visualizer shows 3 dimensional (3D) space using a 3D (x, y, z) graph. The x-axis runs horizontally and parallel to the screen. The y-axis runs vertically up from the sensor. The z-axis extends perpendicularly out from the screen. The 3D graph shows how your hands, fingers and pointing devices are moving through the 3D space.
Pressing h on the keyboard, opens a menu to allow you to view tracking and latency data in many different ways. Pressing l allows you to see a superimposed diagram of the space the sensor views along with the x, y, and z coordinates for each visible finger. Use the Diagnostic Visualizer to identify limits and areas where the sensor might have difficulty reading motion.
To let Leap Motion know about software problems you are encountering, select Report Software Issues from the Troubleshooting tab. Be prepared to include details about your problem and to record diagnostics using the Record button on the Issue Report screen. Leap Motion can use your data to improve their product.
Frequently Asked Questions about Leap Motion
Get answers to some Leap Motion frequently asked questions.
Do my mouse and keyboard work while I am using Leap Motion?
Keyboards, mice, trackpads and other pointing devices continue to work while the Leap Motion device is active. Some of the games and activities that use Leap Motion might limit the use of a mouse or keyboard.
Can I use Leap Motion with the games I like to play?
You cannot assign and customize your gestures using only the applications preinstalled with your Leap Motion device. The Airspace Store (in English) has apps that allow you to assign customize gestures for any game or other app, and for working with Windows. Search for game and controls to find apps to customize gestures for your games.
Can I use multiple Leap Motion sensors on my computer?
Use only one Leap Motion sensor at a time.
Can I use the Leap Motion sensor across multiple monitors?
In Windows 8, use the following steps to set up and configure Leap Motion on an additional monitor.
- At the Start screen, type display to open the Search charm. Select Display Settings in the Search results.
- Select the multiple screen display options you prefer.
- At the Start screen select the Desktop tile to go to the desktop.
- On the desktop, right-click on the Touchless icon in the desktop tools tray to display the menu.
- Select Use Multiple Monitors.
Can I set up Touchless for Windows to start when I start my computer?
Adding a Touchless for Windows shortcut to your Startup folder automatically turns on Touchless for Windows without launching the Airspace Home page. Use the following steps to turn on Touchless for Windows when you start up your computer.
- Some of the folders you need to access might be hidden. To check for hidden files and folders:
In Windows 8 In Windows 7 At the Start screen, type hidden to open the Search charm. Select Show hidden files and folders in the Search results. Click the Start button to open the Start menu. Type hidden in the Search field. Select Show hidden files and folders in the Search results.
- In the Folder Options window, in the Advanced Settings, check that the radio button is on for Show hidden files, folders, and drives.
- From the Desktop, click on the File Explorer icon in the taskbar to view computer files.
- Find the Touchless for Windows program on your computer. By default, Leap Motion installs Touchless.exe in the C: > Program Files (x86) > Leap Motion > Touchless for Windows file.
- Right-click Touchless.exe and select Create shortcut. Save the Touchless.exe shortcut to the desktop.
- From the Desktop, click on the File Explorer icon in the taskbar to view computer files.
- Move the Touchless for Windows shortcut into the Startup folder. Find the Startup folder through C: > Program Data > Microsoft > Windows > Start Menu > Programs > Startup.Click and drag the Touchless.exe shortcut from the Desktop into the Startup folder.
When you restart your computer, Touchless for Windows opens but might be disabled. Right-click on the Touchless icon in the desktop tools tray to select Basic or Advanced mode.
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