Now: the future


Now, here is the future for sure: Leap Motion, which produces a 3D environment that lets you operate your computer by waving your hands. No mouse, no keyboard; no need to touch the screen either. It’s 200 times more accurate than anything currently available; and it costs only $70. It’s Minority Report minus the holographic screens, and it’s not even year 2054 yet.

Imagine the possibilities… I’m here wondering how I would be using Photoshop if this gadget becomes mainstream. I’m a Photoshop power-use: I use a bunch of keyboard shortcuts in order to work faster. I can picture myself dancing in front of the computer, my hands up in the air, then down (like an Olodum rehearsal), loud music keeps me going. Gosh, we wouldn’t be going to the gym anymore.



No, seriously: Leap Motion can differentiate between fingers and thumbs, and those from a pencil. According to the manufacturer’s this is not ‘large gesture sensing’ such as those games built for TV. It promises a computer will respond to natural hand movements, interpreted instantly with remarkable accuracy. It distinguishes each individual finger and tracks movements down to a 1/100th of a millimeter. This can fundamentally transform the way people interact with computers. One can only imagine all the creative ways to use it and all the industries that could benefit from it once the SDK is released.

The hardware part is the size of a small iPod, or a flash drive. The 3D interaction space that creates is about 8 cubic feet. It can be used with a laptop or desktop computer. In addition, Leap can also be networked (more than one Leap device) to create even larger interaction areas.

I’m buying one if it comes loaded with Olodum songs.



Posted by on September 28, 2012 with one comment so far

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  1. That is going to be an amazing function to play in photoshop. I guess this is going to take a little time to get use to it, but it’s going to be amazing creating an art work or an application for Iphone. Like you say in your article, Minority Report’s world is at our door with this amazing object.

    Comment by Guillaume Boucher Bélanger on November 12, 2012 at 10:03 pm

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