Leap Motion, watch out.
“Leap Motion is already small enough to fit in essentially almost every desktop or laptop, and could even fit in most tablets and smartphones,” Leap Motion CEO Michael Buckwald said. “We’re now making it even smaller.”
It’s about the size of a pack of gum, and attaches to your computer via USB. Leap Motion is also working with HP to build the technology right into your desktop or laptop — and eventually into smartphones, tablets, smart watches, and any other type of device.
“Why let the Motorola Moto X have all the fun, when you can launch your camera with gestures for free today?” say the developers.
After months of developer releases, preorders, video teases, and OEM deals, Leap Motion’s 3-D motion control is finally available for purchase.
The patent covers both clip-on projectors, which would certainly not be an Apple design preference, and built-in versions, which would be integrated within an iPhone or iPad, and would be much more down Apple’s strike zone.
“We want our users to have a magical experience, with easy and natural movements in the air leading to amazing interactions,” co-founder David Holz said. “Leap Motion’s mission is to break down the barriers between people and technology.”
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The Leap adds physical gestures to the now-standard computer interface vocabulary of visuals, mice, keyboards, and touch, and “lots of other OEMs” are interested in the technology.
If you’ve always wanted to control your computer with Tom Cruise-like Minority Report gestures, that day is one step closer. And the technology is 200 times more sensitive to motion than Xbox 360′s Kinect.
You’re jamming out to your favorite track on Spotify, and then all of a sudden a song that makes your want to scream starts playing. Instead of running over to your computer and frantically pressing keys and clicking at your screen to make the madness end, Flutter lets you wave at your webcam to change the track.