Imagine yourself using the computer without a keyboard and mouse. Is it possible to make things move on the screen without these two essentials? This year, we will see the launch of a new product line that will do exactly that. It’s a device that will make things happen on the screen without a need of a mouse, keyboard or joystick.
This product will be introduced in the market by Leap Motion, a company that will join the gadget making industry this 2013. Their initial prototypes that they completed have been uploaded in YouTube last May 2012 and it has already garnered 7 million views.
Just Move Your Hands
What this product can do is really mind blowing. All you need to do is plug in the hockey puck-like device on your computer and you’re good to go. You just extend your hands on the screen and your hand motion makes the necessary changes that you want to happen with pinpoint accuracy and no latency. It’s even more advance than Microsoft’s Kinect controller and the manufacturers of this small device say that it’s 200 times more accurate than any available device. Leap Motion’s new device can track anyone’s finger movements down to 1/100th of a millimeter.
The makers are very serious in making sure that this product ends up in every household. First of all, they made sure that its initial introductory price is below $70. Unlike other new devices that get introduced in the market, they made sure that this small device is as small as its price, but its capabilities are way beyond what you can imagine. I’m sure everyone would like to get their hands on this.
The reviews that come out also indicate that this product will be a sure and worthwhile buy for any consumer. “Wired,” points it out as the best gesture-control system that they’ve seen so far. “Verge” considers it as the next best thing in computing. Pre-orders of this device have already breached the 10 million dollar mark.
The Names Behind It
The company president and COO is Andy Miller who was once a top executive of Apple. Together with him are several veterans who also came from said company. Included in the bigwig line-up are CEO Michael Buckwald, a known serial entrepreneur and CTO David “mad scientist” Holz, a former NASA engineer. Marc Andreessen, Netscape’s founder has high hopes that this product will make waves in the years to come. As a result, he was the very first investor who jumped into the Leap Motion bandwagon.
The excitement that’s building up on this device gradually grows bigger and bigger once it gets more legit exposure.
Potential Future Uses
The usage of this device will probably go beyond computers and laptops. Future usage will include robotic surgery and even fighter jet simulation. We won’t be surprised if this product ends up as a semiconductor to clean rooms or in fast-food kitchens in posh and fast food restaurants. It may also be used in climate control systems, set-top boxes or TV receivers and even as a replacement for TV remote controls. There are sectors that intend to use them in casinos, nightclubs and even on DJ booths so that their patrons will be given the chance to control giant video boards.
Apps to Come Later
The company also has plans of joining the app market. They have produced 10,000 software developers kit, which they will award to the first 10,000 out of 40,000 app developers who forwarded their application. App developers will find new ways to use this device, which even the manufacturers of Leap Motion never imagined, possible. Apple did the same with the iPhone by opening app development to outsiders, which produced a lot of possibilities on the iPhone, making it a leader in the smartphone market.