Leap Motion sensor jumps exclusively into Dick Smith

Dick Smith to exclusively sell Leap Motion sensor device in Australia

Leap Motion, a computer hardware sensor device that supports hand and motion input, has gone on sale exclusively in Australia through Dick Smith retail stores, the company has announced.

The Leap Motion sensor, plugged into a Windows-based notebook.The Leap Motion sensor, plugged into a Windows-based notebook.

The Leap Motion Controller is a USB peripheral that works with any Mac (OS X 10.6 and above) or Windows 7 or 8 based computer, and allows users to control a number of applications using hand and motion gestures.

The device senses a persons hands and fingers, and effectively allows the user to point, wave, reach and grab to interact with applications developed for the device in the Leap Motion app store.

The Leap Motion goes on sale in Australia today, and will be exclusively sold through over 270 Dick Smith stores across the country, and online through the retailer's Web site.

Leap Motion's President and COO, Andy Miller, said the presence of Dick Smith across Australia, and the fact that the retailer manages the electronics department in David Jones department stores, made Dick Smith a good fit to exclusively sell the product Down Under.

"Dick Smith has more than 270 retail stores, a presence in many high-profile David Jones stores and a popular online retail site, making it the perfect partner for Leap Motion to launch in Australia"

"It’s also an ideal place for even more people to experience the magic of using just their hands in the air to play, learn, and create on their computers."

In addition to Dick Smith retail stores and online sales, the Leap Motion will also be sold through the retailer's new Move concept store in Bondi, which opened last month.

The Move store is described as a "fusion of fashion and consumer electronics" and claims to be targeted at brand conscious consumers.

The Leap Motion supports hand and motion input.The Leap Motion supports hand and motion input.

The Leap Motion Controller launched in the US back in July. The company claims its users have downloaded more than one million apps from the Leap Motion Airspace Store in the first three weeks after its launch.

The Leap Motion is distributed exclusively by Australian wholesaler Blonde Robot, and is priced at $129.95.

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Ross Catanzariti

Ross Catanzariti

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Topics: peripherals, gadgets, David Jones, Leap Motion, motion computing, dick smith, motion sensing, PCs

Comments

Gerry Skipper

1

$129.95 in store. Bit of a price rise in Oz again. $87.98 delivered if you live in the US. That is from the Leap Motion Store. At Best Buy it is $79.99.
Why the massive hike in price Dick Smith Electronics?

Chris

3

Gouging as usual.

daptodude

4

"any windows based computer", I'm pretty sure it doesn't work with windows XP

Gerry B

5

I was one watching this device as it went through the manufacturing process and testing, I was at first quite excited about its release. However reading peoples reaction to the device since release made me skeptical about buying one as they were not as flexible as they stated. But with this price DS is charging I will definitely not be buying one. At least not locally at this time. $45.00 price difference after conversion is bullshit!

home of the rip off

6

Welcome to australia now bend over. I buy thousands overseas… If I could figure out how I'd mail order my groceries and diesel. Up your retail australia!

PJ

7

Gouging? Try rent, wages, service charges for warranty returns, superannuation, worker's compensation, public liability insurance, general comprehensive insurance against natural disasters, theft, stock loss, staff injuries, GST, electricity bills, cleaning bills, margins to account for theft, training staff, storage and shipping costs, replacement of fixtures and equipment, advertising, accounting, legal fees, staff taking sick days, annual leave, maternity leave, drug rehab, embezzlement of stock and cash by staff.

Yeah. You picked it buddy. Its highway robbery. Damn Dick Smith, and Australian business in general.

Paul

8

They come pre-calibrated and no way to adjust sensitivity. That means one size MUST fit all and bad luck if it's too sensitive (which I found it to be).

Gerry Skipper

9

PJ. The US has the same costs as Australia except that their liability insurance is higher. Still price gouging as far as I can see.

Glen

10

Australia has something called high minimum wages.. A 16 in australia gets more than a 22 yr old in the us. I.e. they don't screw their workers with low wages , that money has to come from some where, and you guessed it it comes from the profit made on goods! Who would have thought.

Glen

11

Might I also add the fact that the tax on goods in Australia is higher and is included in the advertised price (not added on later)

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