Leap Motion is a San Francisco startup that recently got a lot of attention for their product (not yet launched) The Leap. The Leap is a motion detection device that captures multi touch and finger gestures such as pinch and zoom, all the gestures we are used to using on touch devices. The thing is that you don’t actually touch the device.
If you remember the discussion I had about Hicks and Fitts law, according to Fitts law this will basically make us more efficient as we have less the distance to travel, and the target area will be larger. As a lover of Kinect, I must say I’m head over heels over the product and all the things I would be able to create for its usage. While I’ve been patiently waiting for the touch less alternatives, and eye controlled computers are slowly, with various results, slowly creeping into the market, I still think that motion sensing software will be an even larger part of our future, and integrated in ever screen and laptop. As a matter of fact Asus is already cooperating with them, with the first computer scheduled for release this year.
While eye tracking software integration with computers help those with limited motor skills, 3D motion sensing might have a wider market and usage. My best bet is that a combination of both would be best, with the user being allowed to switch between the the (or three modes, as I think that keyboard and mouse input will need to stay around for a little more).
Tobii PCEye a product of Tobii, is an eye tracking device and software that is alreasy being intgrated in computers and sold, can also be bought as a stand alone control.
If you are a developer you can sign up at leap Motion and tell them about your idea for an app, and if you are lucky (and so far 12000 developers have been) you will get a hold of the device The Leap prior to launch. I have a super-duper idea, so I hope mine gets accepted. We will see 🙂
If not, The Leap is planned for release next month, and it’s not expensive. 69 dollars. Yes, the price of The Leap Leap Motion is 69 dollars. I’ll keep you posted on whether I get a device sent to me or not, non-coding fingers crossed!
What is your take on the future of this kind of technology, and what would be a great usage?