Time to throw away your mouse and keyboard?

Jul 3, 2012 | Tech News

WHAT IS IT?

You remember that scene from the Minority Report where Tom Cruise uses his Scientological powers of woo woo to interact with a futuristic user interface and find the bad guys? Well, the LEAPMOTION brings us one step further away from Tom and one step closer to reality. A $70, beautifully engineered apple-esque peripheral, The Leap is an extremely high fidelity gestural recognition system, allowing you to control a computer in three dimensions with your natural hand and finger movements. The video does an excellent job of showing the applications across productivity and gaming scenarios and for $70 this seems like a no-brainer purchase, with pre-orders currently being taken (shipping end of year).

WHY IS IT RELEVANT?

It started with the Nintendo Wii, got more interesting with the Microsoft Kinect and I’d be amazed if this kind of technology didn’t become a standard feature of all desktop / laptops in the next few years. Gestures when done right add tremendous value in terms of a more fluid and engaging feedback loop with the software being displayed. The tighter that feedback loop the more natural the interface feels. Picking the right time to use a gesture is important though. Physical fatigue and repetitive strain are real issues as we get off of our butts and start kickboxing through a spreadsheet but after all the studies indicating how our sedentary work lives are slowing killing us this can only be a good thing.

 

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