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Complete control of your games and computer
4.23070102735105 of 5
Age Rating: 3+

Major new feature

Community site to share GameWAVE files


Video game and operating system control

GameWAVE makes it possible to completely control keyboard and mouse-based video games with your Leap Motion Controller. To do so, you assign actions to different gestures and make them correspond to what your favorite video games are expecting. This might initially take a little effort, but once you find a combination of gestures and actions that feels right for you, they can be saved for later use and you'll feel like stepping into a science-fiction movie.

GameWAVE is also incredibly useful for controlling the rest of your computer with gestures. The flexibility and detail needed for real-time gaming makes it excel for operating system control.

GameWAVE can save each configuration into a dedicated document with the possibility of skinning its looks by providing a background image on which the transparent GUI will overlay.

Supported gestures for each hand:

  • 12 different swipes : one, two and more fingers in four independent directions (up, down, left, right)
  • 6 different circles : one, two and more fingers in two independent directions (left, right)
  • 6 continuous movement directions: upward, downward, leftward, rightward, forward and backward
  • 4 continuous inclinations: upward, downward, inward and outward
  • two different movements styles for each axis: move like mouse or move like gamepad
  • speed and rest zone sliders to fine-tune movement precision
  • hand opened or close
  • hand flat state when it's not inclined
  • single finger tap
  • thumb lift
  • rapid multiple finger taps

Supported actions to map gestures to:

  • key press : virtual any key combination on your keyboard, apart from hardwired system shortcuts
  • modifier keys: shift, control, alt, windows
  • caps lock key
  • reposition hand during the movement gestures without interruptions
  • mouse click left, center, right, double click
  • mouse move up, down, left, right
  • scroll wheel up, down, left, right
  • media control: play, stop, previous, next, mute, quieter, louder
  • open documents, applications or folders
  • system commands: lock, logoff, sleep, restart and shutdown
  • switch between steering and trigger modes to enable continuous actions and one-shot action on the same hand
  • a whole collection of OS-specific commands that are different on MacOSX and Windows, leveraging the possibilities of each

Note that even though we did our best to make GameWAVE compatible with as many games and applications out there, we can't guarantee that it will function with all of them. Competitive online multiplayer games in particular seem to block virtual mouse and keyboard input. You can find a growing list of games that were confirmed working by the community on our website.

What's New

Version 1.5.4
  • Added detection of Winamp and Windows Media Player to popup initial instructions automatically.
  • Fixes to popup dialogs for key selection which could cause an application crash on MacOSX Mavericks.
  • Added detection of intended operating system when loading GAW files. When the configuration of a different operating system is loaded, a warning dialog informs about possible incompatibilities.
  • Integrated official cross-promotion towards HandWAVE as a help menu item.
  • Updated to Leap SDK 1.0.9.

Version 1.5.3 had the following improvements:

  • Improvement to allow modifier keys to influence other actions, for instance hold shift with one hand and click with the other for a shift+click action.
  • Improvements to rapid multi-taps gesture detection so that fast open-hand down swipes can't trigger them anymore.
  • Improvements to closed inclination detection in trigger mode, it's now a lot more predictable even when fingertips stick out.

Version 1.5.2 had the following improvements:

  • MacOSX fix where the modifier-only actions could sometimes remain stuck pressed down in certain games.
  • MacOSX improvement to the click in place behaviour to mimic the Windows implementation, meaning that during the click the mouse pointer doesn't move at all instead of merely not dragging.
  • Minor internal improvements.

Version 1.5.1 had the following improvements:

  • Regression fix for global hot keys that couldn't be set anymore.
  • Improvement to mouse click behavior so that only continuous gestures cause drag operations. Single-shot gestures will now always click in place even if your hand moves at the same time.
  • Check to notify users when background applications aren't enabled in the Leap Motion settings.
  • Fix to show the right icon for Windows file association of .gaw files.

Version 1.5.0 had the following improvements:

  • Made version jump to 1.5.0 to indicate the amount of work that went into the application compared to the initial release.
  • Added support for adding your own description for each action, this allows you to give a meaningful explanation so that anyone can instantly understand what each gesture relates to.
  • Added support for editing actions by showing the previous action configuration in the popup. This allows for the description to be changed of existing actions or to change the action while leaving the description in place.
  • Added support for system commands: lock, logoff, sleep, restart and shutdown.
  • Added status bar icon for GameWAVE on MacOSX, allowing it to run completely in the background with the main window is closed.
  • Improved MacOSX HUD notification to float on top of fullscreen applications when the main window of GameWAVE is closed.
  • Switched around default previous/next media controls on MacOSX with rewind/forward since these are the actions that are on the Apple keyboards and that applications like Spotify expect. GameWAVE will automatically migrate older GAW files.
  • Added new mode stabilization preference that requires the presence of at least one finger. This should successfully suppress most accidental hand activations when GameWAVE is running while you're doing other things. This option can be disabled in the global preferences with the 'Stabilization requires visible fingers' option.
  • Added preference to turn off stabilization before trigger mode. This restores the previous default GameWAVE behavior but also prevents the progressive hand inclination gestures to use your natural hand inclination as a baseline.
  • Removed monitoring of gesture detection since it wasn't able to reliably see when the Leap Motion Software and GameWAVE got out of sync.
  • Fix to HUD notifications so that they don't respond to mouse or keyboard input.
  • Fix to leave the gesture configuration dialogs present even when a HUD notification is shown.

Ratings & Reviews

  • Not bad, but...

    3 of 5
    by user-4505 – November 26, 2013

    If its really meant for gaming primarily than there should be more settings available. +I think there shouldnt be two strict modes (trigger and steering) with their own unique things, rather let ppl set what those (maybe even more than 2) modes contain.

    4 out of 4 customers found this review helpful

  • Pretty good.

    3 of 5
    by user-6050 – November 30, 2013

    Very customizable with just about any action you can think of being able to be assigned to a key. It occasionally has issues where it will explode everywhere which is annoying. Setup is intensive and the first file i got for skyrim was total crap(made by another user and uploaded to their website) One thing that would change my rating to five stars is if it recognized hand twists like in google earth. Like twist left to look left (twist being holding hand flat and pointing it towards the left).

    3 out of 3 customers found this review helpful

  • Good...

    4 of 5
    by user-6218 – December 31, 2013

    It's a great app, and has lots of potential; people can create custom GameWAVE files for specific games and then send them to other people. I can also see it being good for OS control. However, I did find the user-interface to be rather non-user-friendly, and was rather hard to set up. Although once you get familiar with the program it is quite easy to apply certain 'commands' to certain gestures. In my opinion, not quite worth the £3-4 it is being sold at, but still a reasonably good app.

    2 out of 2 customers found this review helpful

  • left hand is left, right hand is right ... truuuueee

    1 of 5
    by user-1805 – November 18, 2013

    You can learn such great wisdoms like in my title and you may become a guru, but certainly you will either tear your hair or it will turn grey if you try this app. This is same crap as many other apps in this "airspace" (awesome name: not because it's so futuristic, but because it so much lacks of even fundamental things). I did manage to make mouse gestures work, not once, for a milisecond. Enjoy a beer on my money mate!

    6 out of 14 customers found this review helpful


    5 of 5
    by user-6415 – February 9, 2014

    Substituting gestures for keyboard and mouse control has definitely raised hairs on the back of my neck. So far so good in Solidworks, would be nice to have an integrated interface. Great work.


  • Must have

    5 of 5
    by user-4942 – August 11, 2013

    Please could you include a bunch of profiles by default, and allow us to select them. eg. windows desktop, windows8 metro, fps game, strategy game, mmorpg game. i would like the profiles that are demoed in your video, so we can learn by the of the video. Also would be nice to have a global sensitivity adjustment. Most of the time i find the leap far to sensitive. thanks.

    15 out of 16 customers found this review helpful

  • Best use of the hardware!

    5 of 5
    by user-4978 – August 11, 2013

    Have'nt tried gaming with it, but even only after using this app for a day just being able to use gestures that i have control over is great. 2 suggestions, add a forum of some sort to download premade layout for gamewave and a functionality to set up a gesture that temporarily disbale tracking until i make that gesture again just to avoid misclicks and the like when reaching over the device.

    6 out of 6 customers found this review helpful


    5 of 5
    by user-2123 – August 7, 2013

    If you are willing to take the time to figure out and configure it this app is truly fantastic. There's a huge amount of versatility that you can adjust to exactly your liking. This is certainly NOT something that is going to work perfectly right out of the box, so to speak, but you can seriously get it to be just the way you like it which, so far, is pretty much the only case where you can do that with a Leap app. I'm looking forward to seeing how development continues with this!

    6 out of 6 customers found this review helpful

  • This is why you bought the Leap.

    5 of 5
    by user-3649 – August 6, 2013

    You bought the Leap to enhance everything you already do on your computer, not to use apps specifically made for it. GaveWAVE is the magical bridge that you were looking for. Buy it.

    6 out of 6 customers found this review helpful

  • Wonderful app

    5 of 5
    by user-220 – August 5, 2013

    The first ever app that makes my leapmotion controller useful!! First it's a bit hard to use, but then I download the configuration file from: ,then I can use it really effective! The logic that use left hand as a click button and right hand as a mouse is my best fit.

    6 out of 6 customers found this review helpful

    Platform: Windows
    Version: 1.5.4
    Size: 11.5 MB
    Age Rating: 3+
System Requirements
  • Windows 7 and 8 (x86)
  • Intel i3 2GHz CPU or better.
  • 2GB RAM.
  • 20MB free HD space.

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