After watching “Minority Report” in which Tom Cruise interacts in the first scenes with his futuristic computer via gestures, year by year the technology had developed and the movie became closer to be reality.
Up to now the mouse and the trackpad on my laptop, was my best friend. Now, the Leap Motion, finally released, expands the possible interactions to control a computer through gesture control and let “minority report”-like gestures become reality.
If you don’t know Leap Motion, watch the video below, to get an introduction.
Introduction Trailer to Leap Motion
Leap Motion is a tiny device not much bigger than a cigarette lighter. To interact via the device it needs to be placed between the computer and the user. A software which is already available for MacOSX and Windows interprets the motions. The motion capturing is very precise –never seen this before. Although, Leap Motion is a new milestone in interactive devices, there is much to improve.
The control is so precise that it’s takes too long to click on a folder on the desktop. You’re much faster when using the ordinary devices. Even though, the Leap Motion is quiet funny to use for games like
“Fruit Ninja” and “Cut the rope”. The execution of a simple gesture is easy and fast to do. By now, there are just a few apps available in the so called Airspace App Store. But the device has much potential and hopefully developer will start to program for it.
A big disadvantage which can be observed while using gesture intensive devices (the same with the Kinect) is that after a time, your arm gets really heavy and the system gets exhausting to use. The gesture control is just in its childhood and has still a long way until it has a chance to replace the touch. But as we know is the gestures are in our everyday life and are used throughout the day. The question is now: How can we implement gesture control so smoothy like in everyday life situations?
And is there really one perfect “interaction” or is it rather a combination of different kinds of interactions?
With Leap Motion, the Startup has set a new benchmark in gesture control and will hopefully lead us to a new and better interaction for devices. For those who are interested in: the device costs around 90 Euro, so quite cheap for such a new invention! I think it’s worth to try it out. So I already put it on my wish list for christmas. Maybe till then, there are some new features to speak about!
There is a Kickstarter Project running right now, which is similar to Leap Motion but offers other functionalities! Check Haptix out!