I’m a huge fan of science fiction. Concepts and stories involving elements of science and technology, exploring how they could evolve in the future has always been fascinating. Here is a little something I came across recently that is not fiction, but an exciting piece of technology that seems to bring some of that future to the present.
The device is called The Leap, and it starts shipping out in just a couple months. It’s a small USB accessory for your computer which creates a 3D interaction space, meaning that instead of using the keyboard or mouse you can simply wiggle your fingers at the screen. Using natural, intuitive gestures you can browse, draw, zoom, rotate, etc.
Here is a brief demo:
Just imagine the possibilities of this gadget to change how we interact with and use computers and other devices.
A few facts from Leap’s website:
- 200 times more sensitive than existing touch-free technologies
- control any computer with nuanced hand and finger movements
- create custom gestures that fit how you want to use your computer
- expect integration into tablets, smart phones, laptops and game systems
- implications for art, healthcare, engineering, operating systems
The company, Leap Motion, is giving access to Software Developer Kits and is enthusiastically encouraging people to imagine, and to create applications. I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait to see what they come up with.