What programs can be used with it. Last update January 2015.


The Leap has an 'app' store called Airspace. It is similar to iTunes and you can purchase, download and play programs made specifically for the Leap Motion. There are a quite a lot of free ones there and the others don't cost too much- a few pounds each- you do need an account to buy apps (credit/debit card/paypal) which could cause problems- it depends on your school procurement systems (I just bought them myself- I've spent about £15 and have got a good range of apps).

There are also web apps appearing for the Leap as well- just go to the website and use the leap to control it. They are listed at the bottom.

Cause and Effect Sensory Light Box (Free Download for Windows and Mac)


Link here. This is a free download from the excellent SEN Teacher website. It works on touch screens and with eyegaze too but in the options menu there is also a Leap Motion setting- it will track one finger to create the effects on screen. There are 24 different effects to choose from e.g. ice, rain, leaves, fire and snowflakes that all have sound with them too- so it is a BRILLIANT cause and effect sensory resource for the Leap Motion.
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Airharp (Windows and Mac) 99p


Link here. This program does what it says- it's an air harp that you 'pluck' with your fingers. It works very well no matter how many fingers you use- a good introduction to the technology and if a pupil can move any fingers- they should be able to get a response from it!

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Chordion Conductor (Mac) Free


Link here. Another really nice, responsive music making app- play the blocks by moving 1-10 fingers over them, it makes a pleasing constant sound too which minimises the need for repetitive movement. Don't be put off by the complex interface in the photo- it's usually just the blocks.
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DRUMair (Windows and Mac) Free.


Link here. Another great free music app- this time drums. When a finger moves over one of the squares it sets off the drum sound. Needs larger movements to get from the bottom row to the top but if the Leap is located in the right position then minimum finger movement is needed to trigger effects- very responsive.
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Gravilux (Windows and Mac) £1.99


Link here. This is a particle controlling app from Scott Snibe- also acts as a music visualiser. The screen shot below doesn't look like much but the glowing dots do follow your finger movements quite well. You can also play a music track and the dots will dance along to it.
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Water Waves (Windows and Mac- Free)


Link Here. This is a screensaver but can also be used as a program- it's water on pebbles and fingers make effects in the water. Nice.

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Airbow (Windows and Mac- 99p)


Link here. A visual cause and effect particle program- fingers make effects- there's stars, glowing balls, leafy shapes- which change when you take your hand out of the area- the good thing about it is that it tracks more than one finger- and all your fingers have the same effect. There's good longevity time to the visuals too- not too short, not too long.
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Fireflies (Free- Mac and Windows)


Link Here. A nice little sensory app good for those with slow hand and finger movements- there are fireflies floating around a grassy field- put your hand in the Leap motion field and the fireflies will follow your fingers around! A nice simple cause and effect/ exploration app - although the graphic background is very busy too- so if that's a problem use a plain background app like Airbow above depending on your pupil. The photo below shows how the fingers appear as coloured circles.

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Seasons (Free- Windows and Mac)


Link here. Nice looking graphic program with the four seasons represented- one finger brings spring, two for summer, three for autumn and four for a winter snow storm, five will freeze the screen in 3D. Has sound effects too. The only problem is the cause and effect aspect isn't very apparent as it does different things for different fingers- so students could get confused as to what they are actually controlling. Best to use Cause and Effect Sensory Light Box above if you want direct correlation between a specific finger movement and the effect.
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Flocking (Free- Windows and Mac)


Link here. This one has fish that follow your fingers. Nice sensory program to use with pupils.




MusicalMe Motion (69p Mac)


Link Here. Your fingers make musical sounds that can be customised from a wide selection. There's nice 'space' visuals too. Lots of settings so have a play around- plays chords, background ambience and instrument sounds. Very good if you can get the settings right for your pupil- and very responsive too.

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Lotus (Free- Windows and Mac)


Link here. Four music interactive activities for the fingers but they have their flaws. Three look useful. The ribbons one is a bit random- you move your hand into the sensor field and the music will alter.
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One has a head - moving your fingers of one or two hands then produces beats and music, although at times it is difficult to link cause to effect on this one. The yellow dots and boxes in the picture below are my left hand!
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This next one- if you wave your hand across the field it 'throws' the shapes and produces music- so a little bit better in terms of cause and effect- very intense graphics!!!!

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MIdnight ($2.39- Windows and Mac)

Link here - A beautiful particle system that is controlled using your hand. Also plays music to add to the experience. Works nice with one finger- more than one produces different effects, some of which are possibly not immediate enough for early cause and effect work- but a great sensory program nonetheless. Watch the video below:



VIZ.it (Free for Mac)


Link here. Put your fingers into the Leap space and it'll make fractal patterns appear and change as they move. Okay for cause and effect and doesn't need any fine control.
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PolyDrop (Free- Windows and Mac)


Link Here. A simple game so for more able users. Keep your hand level to guide a platform to catch shapes- might be useful for some pupils needing fine motor control practise- and the game is quite simple to keep interest in the chance of a few failed attempts also simple graphics.

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Vitrun Air (£2.49- Windows and Mac)


Link here - Simple game that involves moving a ball thorugh a range of obstacles with very easy controls.

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Websites


Theremin - (free web app)

Similar to airharp - you can use two hands to control the pitch of the music - great fun!!!! Although the sound is a little annoying! Works with Version 1 of the Leap Software only.
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InkMotion (Free Web App)


A free web based simple drawing app. It's not amazing but it's good for immediate cause and effect work. I made these black squiggles!

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FastKat Leap - (Free Web App)

Mini game where you have to use your hand gestures to avoid the stars - see how long you can last, might be appropriate for some pupils.
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