Are you ready to use your hands to fly to the moon and play among the stars? Elon Musk and the engineers at SpaceX aren’t the only ones using Leap Motion technology to explore other worlds. With these 11 space-inspired apps available in the Airspace Store or on the web, you can learn about the universe, travel the galaxy, or jump into your starship to shoot down bad guys.
Science & Education
Exoplanet: Reach for the stars and explore every known exoplanet in this science app for Mac. Soar from the inner reaches of our solar system to the outer fringes of the universe.
Google Earth: Explore alien landscapes by selecting Moon or Mars from the top toolbar in Google Earth. (Check out this guide on how to enable Leap Motion in Google Earth.)
Solar Walk: Navigate through space and time in Solar Walk, an educational app for Mac. Learn about the inner structures and history of the planets, or zoom out to see the known galaxy.
Catch Up Calu: You’ve overslept, Calu! Scramble into your spaceship and try to catch up with your fellow alien invaders, weaving through outer space, canyons, and cityscapes.
Debris: In this high-octane game for Windows, Earth is under siege and you’re humanity’s last hope for salvation. Dodge treacherous space debris as you race towards home to deliver your payload.
Escape Velocity: Fly your spaceship through an exploding mothership, avoid asteroids, and escape from homing missiles.
Sky Muffins: Descend from outer space and dodge asteroids and storm clouds in this arcade-style game for Mac.
Solar Warfare: Jump into your starship and fly into combat on eight worlds. Shoot down enemy battleships, jets, tanks, and turrets as you navigate through stunning 3D landscapes.
Free Web Apps
To start your trip to the stars with these free Leap Motion web apps, we recommend Google Chrome. Make sure you’ve checked the “Allow Web Apps” box in the Leap Motion Control Panel, General tab.
Gliese 3D Star Map: With this browser-based interactive 3D map, you can grab and drag your way through the 3,000 stars within 25 light-years of Earth.
Fastkat Leap: Fly through space at breathtaking speeds and dodge the stars.
Flying Saucer Championship: Guide your flying saucer with your finger or a pencil to collect tokens and avoid crashing into obstacles.
Update 9/12/2014: The Airspace Store is now simply called the Leap Motion App Store.