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A couple of months after its online launch the 3D gesture control device Leap Motion has officially launched in Australia today in Dick Smith stores.

The Leap Motion controller is a USB device developed by Leap Motion Inc that can best be described as Microsoft's Kinect for your computer. It's compatible with either PC or Mac and allows users to control their computers using hand and fingers as input, as opposed to the traditional mouse.

The device comes equipped with a camera that can track a user's hands and 10 individual fingers in 3D space, with an accuracy to 1/100 of a millimetre. It tracks user's movements by snapping at 290 frames per second.

According to the company the Leap Motion is 200 times more accurate than other motion control cameras currently on the market, although it received somewhat mixed reviews upon its initial release.

Leap Motion president and COO Andy Miller said in a statement that Dick Smith was an ideal channel because of the number of stores across Australia and the presence it has online.

"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," he said.

Leap Motion has already partnered with HP and Asus, both of which are expected to announce computers with Leap Motion technology built in later this year.

The device was previously only available through Leap Motion's website for $104.99 plus $32.99 for shipping, but Dick Smith is now offering it for Aussies instore and online for $129.95.

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David Swan

David Swan is a tech journalist from Melbourne and is iTWire's Associate Editor. Having started off as a games reviewer at the age of 14, he now has a degree in Journalism from RMIT (with Honours) and owns basically every gadget under the sun. He also writes for Junkee and Fasterlouder. You can email him at david.swan@itwire.com or follow him at twitter.com/mrdavidswan

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