Leap Motion, a cool piece of hardware making gesture control commercial, has gained immense popularity on the internet. The company so far managed to sell an impressive number of units, priced at $80 a pop. The Leap Motion controller is essentially a small motion sensor that sits on your desk, and tracks movement above it. This can be using, fingers, or even pens/pencils. Leap Motion brags of an incredible 10 micro-meter accuracy, making it possible to even draw sketches / 3D models with a pencil moving through thin air. Leap Motion represents a the future where we aren’t stuck with a mouse and a keyboard, and can harness the power of technology to make fluid motions, intuitive gestures the medium of interfacing with devices. Leap Motion already has a large number of Apps and games on its Airspace store. The device hitting shelves this Fall.
HP has jumped ship to become the first OEM to pair up with Leap Motion, with the HP Envy17 Leap Motion SE being the first laptop embedding the Leap Motion sensor into it. To make this, the folks over at Leap Motion came up with a new embedded sensor which is smaller and about 70 percent thinner, but still the same performance as the existing Leap Motion devices. The sensor apparatus will be at the base of the laptop with the slimmer hardware design making embedding the sensor into the laptop extremely feasible.
The novelty factor is quite enough to sell with consumers, and adding icing to the cake is the new 4th Gen Haswell i5 chip with nVidia graphics powering the laptop. HP has reported a significantly reduced battery life with the Leap Motion sensor on, and recommends the laptop be plugged in whilst using the sensor. While the positioning of the sensor, of the sensor, and battery life may be factor to consider, the Leap Motion sensor integration represents a stunning Leap forward in technology.
Micheal Buckwald, CEO of Leap Motion says hopes to see the new hardware on tablets or even smartphones in the near future, and given how OEMs now really look for differentiating factors in their devices, the idea of Leap Motion Ultrabooks and Tablets may not be too far off. We hope that in a few years devices as cool as seen in Iron Man or Minority Report become a common way of interfacing with devices
HP will bundle the AirSpace app and some custom Leap motion integration into the laptop by default. The Leap Motion is gaining immense popularity, and we can hope to see many great apps hitting the AirSpace store soon. The novelty using apps like Google Earth, Maps, and 3D modelling apps in actual 3 Dimensional space, giving a much more real-world feel to the device. Also, who doesn’t love Fruit Ninja with finger swiping ? The HP Envy17 Leap Motion SE is expected to debut this fall with a price tag of $1,049, and is likely up for pre-order on October 16th. We love where the market is heading with great new devices like this, and bringing paradigm shifting was if interacting with the virtual world. Currently, wearable tech and gesture recognition is where the market is going. We do hope that we lie at the start of interesting times, and great products that will baffle and amaze us get more frequent, and even more jaw-dropping and awe-inspiring.