Just few days back we saw mind blowing demo of Google Glass presented in Google I/O 2012 and how many of us actually thought, “Woah!!! This thing will replace mobiles soon”. Well hang on, here we present Leap Motion which apparently could be “The Next Big Thing” after invention of mobile phones. So how many of you have watched “Minority Report” or “Iron Man”? If you haven’t then you have missed both great movies and also 3D computer interface shown in the films. Probably you all are confused what are we saying? Check out the video below:-
Blown away aren’t you? It is a new way to interact with your laptops, computers, tablets. No need of mouse or keyboard or even touching screen of your tablet. Leap Motion unveiled its new gesture control technology earlier this week and is already creating wave in digital world.
Forget the Kinect, Leap Motion is cheaper ($70), 200 times more precise (down to 0.01 mm), and much smaller (think an “Ipod”). The outstanding demo for Leap Motion shows how the desktop device can quickly detect hand motion so that a user needs merely wiggle their fingers in front of their computer to intuitively control what happens on the screen. Idea behind it is to create new better and natural way for humans to interact with their gadgets.
What is Leap Motion Technology exactly?
“Leap Motion technology is a breakthrough in computer interaction, using a patented mathematical approach to 3D, touch-free motion sensing and motion control software that’s unlike anything that currently exists on the market or in academia. Developed over the past 4 years, Leap Motion moves far beyond the current technologies designed for distant arm waving.”
It is more likely that Leap uses an amazingly compact version of time-of-flight (TOF) technology to map the depth of users’ hands, fingers, and hand-held tools. Time-of-flight cameras rely on knowing the precise amount of time light takes to travel to, and return from, a subject to determine how far away it is. The technique is decade’s old, but early models were very large and expensive. Only recently has the technology been miniaturized to the point where it can fit in the palm of your hand.
Leap operates in three dimensions rather than two. Forget pinch-to-zoom; imagine “push to scroll,” rotating your flattened hand to control the orientation of an object with a full six degrees of freedom, or using both hands at once to control either end of a Bezier surface you’re casually sculpting as part of an object you’ll be sending to your 3D printer. It can see almost any combination of the objects like a pen, fingers (All ten at same time).
Holz and Buckwald, the mastermind of Leap Motion said that, “It’s an optical system that tracks your fingers with infrared LEDs and cameras in a way unlike any other motion control tech”. Using the Leap is easy, simply connect it to your computer via USB and install Leap’s software, wave your hand in the space above the sensor, and it starts tracking any finger pointing at the screen. Because Leap works with any machine that has touch drivers onboard, using it is quite intuitive, and means that the technology is backwards compatible with existing apps. Holz and Buckwald are keen to see developers create custom applications to take full advantage of the technology.
How can it be used? And what is future of it?
Imagine you are cooking in kitchen and looking at recipe on website, just wave your fingers to scroll the webpage on your computer or tablet. You can play games like Fruit Ninja, or shooting game, tennis, star wars and so on. You can draw 3D structure using complicated softwares on your computer like AutoCad. Technically it can have numerous applications in the real world. You just have to imagine how you can use it.
In future, this device will be much smaller and can be stuffed into devices like smartphones, tablets, laptops or computers. And as all such devices have their own set of sensors; it will eventually create a larger workspace. It is priced mere 3900 INR (70$) and is expected to be launched in coming November or December. Also they are in talks with big manufactures to launch Leap enabled laptops in near future.
Are you curious to know more? Or if you want to Pre-order these awesome gadget then visit their official website.
So what you do think? How can Leap Motion Technology change our lives? Share your views and comments below. Here we leave with one more Leap Motion Demo below :-
Extremetech.com, leapmotion.com, engadget.com