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Command your computer with gestures
3.64655063050263 of 5
Age Rating: 3+

Command your computer with gestures

HandWAVE tracks your hand and watches for gestures. It is designed to run in the background and is very smart about filtering out unintended movements so that gestures are never accidentally triggered. You can swipe in four directions, perform circles leftwards or rightwards, tilt your hand or make a fist. All these gestures can be tied to commands that will control your computer.

Use it immediately

HandWAVE by default starts with a media control and browsing configuration and includes a beautiful step-by-step tutorial to help you train the supported gestures. Minutes after launching the software, you'll be changing volume, controlling playback and scrolling your browser content with your hands.

Completely configurable

HandWAVE provides a powerful but intuitive configuration window that allows you to fully customize which commands are triggered by your gestures. These configurations can be saved, reloaded afterwards and even replace the default configuration.

Proven technology

HandWAVE is built on the engine behind GameWAVE, one of the most popular and highest rated applications on the Airspace store.

HandWAVE's goal is to allow anyone to dive straight into gesture control with a minimal amount of training or configuration. When you want to unleash the full power of your Leap Motion Controller, it's easy to upgrade to GameWAVE since its approach will feel immediately familiar.

Supported gestures
  • 4 different swipes : up, down, left, right)
  • 2 different circles : left, right
  • 2 continuous inclinations: upward, downward
  • hand closed detection
Supported actions
  • key press : virtual any key combination on your keyboard, apart from hardwired system shortcuts
  • modifier keys: shift, control, alt, windows
  • caps lock key
  • scroll wheel up, down
  • media control: play, stop, previous, next, mute, quieter, louder

What's New

Version 1.0.3
  • Added notification to highlight the presence of the menu bar or system tray icon.
  • Added option to enable or disable the wait for a stable hand position.
  • Added help and support buttons on main window.
  • Fix to tutorial launching on MacOSX where it would sometimes remain black until clicking with the mouse.
  • Fixes to tutorial communication with the HandWAVE gestures.
  • Fixes to popup dialogs for key selection which could cause an application crash on MacOSX Mavericks.
  • Integrated official cross-promotion towards GameWAVE.
  • Updated to Leap SDK 1.0.9.

Ratings & Reviews

  • Can't download and install

    2 of 5
    by user-4620 – December 3, 2013

    Airspace tell me "click to install" and nothing happen. I don't know how to remove it from my list of applications. It's like a ghost app --"

    4 out of 8 customers found this review helpful

  • Pretty good

    4 of 5
    by user-6210 – December 15, 2013

    given its a free app, its great. now the uses i see are somewhat limited im only using it for media player control ,tracks the play and pause perfectly only have to try more than once for swiping left and right. but it is pretty accurate and wont activate accidentally since there's a small delay before it activates, also great for scrolling while browsing the net . i wont recommend it for complete computer control but it is a good aid for some things

    2 out of 3 customers found this review helpful

  • Not ready for prime time.

    1 of 5
    by user-6471 – February 24, 2014

    The slide gestures don't really work at all. (I tried mapping them to letters and simply triggering them in notepad to make sure it wasnt just media player config.) The other gestures are mostly OK, but closed fist is triggered too easily. And overall, it reacts too slowly to make me believe that the developers gaming product would be of any use. (I have a modern Intel i7 system, and other Leap apps work fine.)


  • Can't run

    2 of 5
    by user-5433 – February 21, 2014

    Hi, I'm running Windows 7 SP1 when I clic on HandWawe I get thsi message : To turn this app for the first time, you need to be connected to the Internet. Please check your connection annd try again. Everything is fine with my internet access.


  • Works well, but want more functions

    5 of 5
    by user-1024 – February 14, 2014

    I like the app. however I want more functions. Like to be able to lock the computer. (Thank you for the update, I actually have GameWAVE, so I might create a custom document for normal PC use then.)


  • can't get past scrolling test

    4 of 5
    by user-3895 – October 1, 2013

    the app seems to track the hand very well but I couldn't get past the setup/demo screen for scrolling just like madean below. Then of course you can't exit the program at that point. emailed the developer so hopefully I get a response soon. Update: developer was very quick to respond with a suggestion. The problem i have doesn't seem to happen all the time. Ultimately once their app is working it seems to work very well so i've updated my rating.

    11 out of 12 customers found this review helpful

  • exactly what I expected

    5 of 5
    by user-538 – September 28, 2013

    I want to use Leap Motion for my business when I have to present powerpoint or Prezi documents. So, I was lookgin for a simple gesture app to control only few commands (go to/back next slide, start/stop presentation). HandWAVE is exactly what I whish! And it's free!!!

    6 out of 7 customers found this review helpful

  • pretty damn good

    4 of 5
    by user-3508 – October 2, 2013

    I use gamewave for OS controls & handwave for page scrolling. Overall these are the best LeapMotion products found so far. notes: The scrolling takes a little kick-in, usually corresponding to an unwanted initial scroll speed that gets past where I'm reading. It looks like the configurations interferes with each other: e.g. I configured gamewave to launch on login, but handwave gets launched instead (I installed handwave after gamewave). Windows-7 64bit on a dual i5 core.

    3 out of 3 customers found this review helpful

  • Good, could use some work.

    5 of 5
    by user-2417 – September 27, 2013

    An amazing app, it's great that its free. It works very well, and the calibration app is really nice. If you've used GameWAVE it'll be easy to pickup, as they are similar in the way they work. The only problem I experience is that the scrolling method doesn't work very well when trying to go downwards.

    3 out of 3 customers found this review helpful

  • excellent

    5 of 5
    by user-837 – September 25, 2013

    This is a great way to introduce some standards into OS control. A few more gestures + mouse control and that's what everybody is waiting for. GameWAVE is OK for fine tuning everything, but HandWAVE goes the 'it just works' way. Which is great. The tutorial is gorgeous, BTW!

    4 out of 5 customers found this review helpful

    Platform: Windows
    Version: 1.0.3
    Size: 15.5 MB
    Age Rating: 3+
System Requirements
  • Windows 7 and 8 (x86)
  • Intel i3 2GHz CPU or better.
  • 2GB RAM.
  • 60MB free HD space.

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