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Leap Motion has announced that the first shipments of its long awaited Leap motion gesture add-on for PC should start this week, with delivery to per-order customers on July 22nd.

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It was announced over a year ago as a new way to interact with a PC via a motion gesture capture add-on that its inventors claimed was "200 times more accurate than anything else on the market". This week, Leap Motion announced that the long awaited Leap device will finally start shipping to its pre-order customers later this week.

In a blog post, Leap Motion said the plan is to start authorizing the credit cards for people who have already pre-ordered the $79.99 Leap device this week. After that, the company will send a shipping confirmation and delivery of the first Leap product should arrive for those customers on Monday, July 22nd.

There was apparently a small hitch in the credit card authorization process as some customers who bought more than one Leap device were actually charged more than what their actual total should be. Leap Motion states they are working to correct the problem, adding, "No one will be charged for more than the correct amount, and your credit card details are safe."

The company has already shown off how the Leap device works on a Windows 8 PC in a recent video, demonstrating how a user can just move their fingers in the air to scroll through web pages, interact with the Windows 8 Start screen and more. Best Buy is also supposed to start selling the Leap add-on but there's no word yet on an exact date for its appearances in Best Buy's stores.

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