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Three.js provides several control classes in order to interact with your 3D world. They are located under three.js/examples/js/controls in your Three.js directory. With threeleapcontrols you can use your leap motion controller to rotate, zoom/scale and pan any camera or object in your 3D scene.


  • a leap motion controller
  • leapjs (javascript sdk for leap motion controller)
  • Three.js (javascript library for creating and displaying 3D computer graphics on a browser)
  • a browser which supports WebGL, e.g. Google Chrome


Check out the example file example.html and/or see it in action here.


First, you load the necessary javascript files in your HTML document

<script src="three.min.js"></script>
<script src="leap.min.js"></script>
<script src="LeapCameraControls.js"></script>

You create a scene, a camera and a renderer with Three.js. Then connect your camera of your scene with leap camera controls by setting

cameraControls = new THREE.LeapCameraControls(camera);

In your Leap.loop you need to call the update method on frame. After that it is necessary to render again.

  // maybe some modifications to your scene 
  // ... 
  cameraControls.update(frame); // rotating, zooming & panning 
  renderer.render(scene, camera);

In order to rotate, scale and pan an arbitrary object in your scene, load the leap object controls

<script src="LeapObjectControls.js"></script>

and then connect the camera and your object, e.g. a cube by

cubeControls = new THREE.LeapObjectControls(camera, cube);

The corresponding Leap.loop looks like

  // maybe some modifications to your scene 
  // ... 
  cubeControls.update(frame); // rotating, scaling & panning 
  renderer.render(scene, camera);

Note: Rotating objects with LeapObjectControls is work in progress and not yet finished!


There are several options for your camera actions rotate, zoom and pan available. Here, we are setting the pan options (you can set the same attributes for rotating and panning):

controls.panEnabled      = true;
controls.panSpeed        = 1.0;
controls.panHands        = 2;
controls.panFingers      = [6, 12];
controls.panRightHanded  = true; // right-handed 
controls.panHandPosition = true; // palm position used 
controls.panStabilized   = true; // stabilized palm position used 

You can disable panning by setting panEnabled to false. Increase or decrease the speed of panning by adjusting panSpeed. You can set the number of hands with option panHands, i.e. the gesture is only triggered if the number of hands over your leap is equal to the specified panHands. It is possible to use a range of numbers (array of length 2 with integers), e.g. if [1, 2] is given, panning will be done, if one or two hands are used. The same goes for panFingers. If you set panHands to 2, then you can specify via panRightHanded, which hand will be used for controlling the camera. If you set panFingers to 1 or [1, 1] and panHandPosition to false, then the position of your finger tip will be used (instead of the position of your palm). If you set panStabilized to true the stabilized palm or finger tip position is used.

By default vertical rotating is bounded to a range of π, meaning the angle between the camera-to-target vector and the y-axis is greater than 0 and less than π. You can modify the range by setting rotateMin and rotateMax. Horizontal rotating is not limited.

You can set the minimum and maximum distances for zooming with zoomMin and zoomMax.

The default values are

// rotation 
this.rotateEnabled       = true;
this.rotateSpeed         = 1.0;
this.rotateHands         = 1;
this.rotateFingers       = [2, 3]; 
this.rotateRightHanded   = true;
this.rotateHandPosition  = true;
this.rotateStabilized    = false;
this.rotateMin           = 0;
this.rotateMax           = Math.PI;
// zoom 
this.zoomEnabled         = true;
this.zoomSpeed           = 1.0;
this.zoomHands           = 1;
this.zoomFingers         = [4, 5];
this.zoomRightHanded     = true;
this.zoomHandPosition    = true;
this.zoomStabilized      = false;
this.zoomMin             =;
this.zoomMax             =;
// pan 
this.panEnabled          = true;
this.panSpeed            = 1.0;
this.panHands            = 2;
this.panFingers          = [6, 12];
this.panRightHanded      = true;
this.panHandPosition     = true;
this.panStabilized       = false;

In your leap object controls the zoom options are scale options, i.e. zoomEnabled will be scaleEnabled, etc..