Leap Motion, the Kinect-like gesture control system we profiled here, is super exciting; it measures gestures to the hundredth of a millimeter, and works on any computer. They're working their way up to shipping the device as an accessory, but they've also partnered with HP for something a little different: a built-in Leap Motion laptop.
The HP Envy 17 Leap Motion Special Edition, announced yesterday, has the sensors all built right into the laptop (a fairly powerful 17-inch Windows laptop with MacBook-inspired design). It's the first step for Leap Motion's bigger plans: they don't want you to buy a Leap Motion separately, they want your TV, your phone, your car, and your laptop to have this technology already built-in. It'll go on sale in October for $1,050--cheap, considering what you're getting. It's something nobody else will have! Cool!
Why the hell would a car have this built in? Wouldn't it distract the driver too much? Plus, you couldn't have hand gestures once the car starts driving... then again, if the car is self-driving, I guess gestural control would be fine.
This thing seems like a really promising idea. Is anyone else seeing the potential for the "touchable holograms" of sci-fi lore?
Just want to point out that while this works on any computer it their content distribution software does not work on any operating system. I bought this shortly after it released and returned it 2 days later because it would not function, outside the test app that installs with it on Windows Vista. I tried letting my aunt use it on her Windows 8 machine and found the launch applications to be nothing worthwhile only novelty games. Any application(program) with an application(use) was something additional to be bought in their app-store style interface and the gesture control it brought to the operating system was haphazard, although there is a slight chance that we did not have an ideal way to set up the detector in front of the monitor. It would either be resting at an angle or have part of the eye blocked by the edge of the keyboard, there wasn't room to adjust in her setup.
Sounds like it needs to be on a real Apple machine, not a cheap knockoff.
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If you bought this expecting for it to work in Windows Vista, that was your first problem. The second is that the Leap is only being sold to developers now who will use the development kit to create interfaces to software using the Leap paradigm. Expecting an ancient and horrible OS like Vista to play nice with Leap is just setting yourself up for disappointment.
People are developing applications rapidly now. I got mine to design software for people with missing limbs and fingers, arthritis or MS, etc. to empower them with better control over everything - not just computers - like their electronics, such as a replacement for remote controls, even to guide their electric wheelchairs.
And I bet Apple is going to reconsider their decision to stop production of their own 17" MacBook Pro, which is the perfect size for a Leap-equipped computer. I have been thinking about retrofitting one for a few months.
When the Leap starts going strong in the Arduino domain, that is when this will really take off. You will see Leap-equipped smart phones soon. For example, just consider what kind of a Virtual DJ interface controls are possible with it.
This is just the beginning. Use that imagination!
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