Leap Motion’s sensors and software will be packaged with some “high-end” laptops and PCs. The bundled products will appear in the first quarter of 2013, says Leap, around the same time the standalone Leap Motion device, priced at $70, is due to begin shipping.
Nextbigfuture believes that the Leap Motion gesture control device will be one of the highest impacting technology device for 2013 through 2016.
Leap’s technology allows for more natural computer interaction than a touch screen or a computer mouse. “It’s much more intuitive because you don’t have to remember a new sign language,” he says. “Someone can reach out as they would in the real world.”
The software preinstalled on the Asus PCs will allow a person to control Windows 8 using finger and hand gestures. Gestures are a central part of Microsoft’s new operating system (see “The Woman Charged with Making Windows 8 Succeed”), and it is plausible that some people may find them easier to perform using their fingers in the air than with a mouse.
The Leap device is roughly the size of a pack of gum: three inches long, one inch wide and half an inch thick. One side is black glass, under which are two small cameras and a handful of infrared LEDs gather the data needed to track fingers to an accuracy of one hundredth of a millimeter.
Buckwald says that the same functionality could be added to even smaller devices. “Even today, it is possible to put Leap into a tablet or smartphone,” he says, by using smaller sensors. “The accuracy and power will stay the same.”
SOURCE – Technology Review
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