David Holz

Mad Scientist and CTO of Leap Motion

Growing up in southern Florida, David Holz was a tinkerer. “I had a large pile of all sorts of electronics,” he says. “I was trying to figure out how things worked.”

Holz, now 23, has created Leap Motion, is dedicated to changing the way people interact with computers.

Holz and his co-founder, Michael Buckwald, have built a device about the size of a cigarette lighter which can be attached to a computer and turns any PC or Mac into a gesture-recognition device. At $70, the Leap Motion is about half the price of a Kinect.

It’s also far more accurate: the software that analyzes the images can track all 10 of a user’s fingers and detect movements of less than one-hundredth of a millimeter.