Asus to bundle 3D Motion Controller with its new PCs
Asus has announced that is going to bundle a 3D motion controller with a select range of its new PCs. It is bringing Leap Motion’s gesture based controller to consumers which will enable users to interact with their hardware with just a swish of their fingers.
Leap Motion, a San Francisco-based company, which specializes in motion-sensing hardware and software, is best known for its gesture based controller. The device senses individual hand and finger movements along with certain objects such as pencils or markers, so that the users can interact directly with their computers. After plugging in the Leap Motion controller to the USB port and installing the bundled software, users can use 8 cubic feet of “3D interaction space” in front of them as a sensing area. Unlike Microsoft’s Kinect, which is a full-body motion detection device, the Leap Motion is a near-mode finger/hand 3D motion detection device.
As OEMs (original equipment manufacturers) adopt 3D motion control technology, they’re spurring a rapid evolution in computer interface innovations and helping free the full power and potential of computing for consumers. This historic partnership with Asus is an important step in building global adoption of the new computer paradigm Leap Motion’s technology offers.
- Michael Buckwald, Leap Motion’s CEO and co-founder.
The Leap Motion controller can track movements to 1/100th of a millimeter – that’s smaller than the tip of a pin – and all that with no sensory lag. The device can track movements within 150-degree field of view, and tracks hands and fingers at 290 frames per second. Creating onscreen artwork without any other devices, gesture control, ‘air signature’, 3D modeling, gaming, automotive and medical fields are a few areas where this device is set to revolutionise user interaction.
Leap Motion also announced Thursday that it closed a $30 million round of funding from existing investors to ramp up its current production. Asus commented that it will be bundling the 3D motion controlled device with its high-end notebooks and All-in-One PCs later this year.
Salman Ravoof is a freelance writer, a mechanical engineer and an avid science and technology enthusiast. He likes creativity and is a great fan of fantasy and sci-fi genre. When not busy, he revels in experimenting and spends most of his time pondering about the existence of reality.
3 January, 2013