It might be hard to imagine a computer without a mouse and keyboard. Yet, that is how most people operate a computer – considering that a cell phone basically is a computer with easy voice application. On smart phones and tablet PCs, the screen is touched, swiped and the images are pinched to stretch them. Imagine manipulating your computer with hand gestures! Introducing the Leap!
The developers of the Leap, LeapMotion, explain:
Say goodbye to your mouse and keyboard. Leap represents an entirely new way to interact with your computers. It’s more accurate than a mouse, as reliable as a keyboard and more sensitive than a touchscreen. For the first time, you can control a computer in three dimensions with your natural hand and finger movements.
This isn’t a game system that roughly maps your hand movements. The Leap technology is 200 times more accurate than anything else on the market — at any price point. Just about the size of a flash drive, the Leap can distinguish your individual fingers and track your movements down to a 1/100th of a millimeter.
The Leap will most likely be introduced in South Africa late 2012 or early 2013. They’ll be selling at $70 in the USA, thus local pricing is subject to the exchange rate. That seems like a fair price for an awesome piece of technology.