Seeing the futuristic gesture control of our various electronic devices in action is usually reserved for Sci-Fi movies, but we are entering an era of technology that separates the science from the fiction.
With the advent of the touch screen we have grown accustomed to a more hands on approach to our electronic experience, shifting away from the standard controls of a television remote or a keyboard. This area is primed to take another step forward, relying on nothing more than a user’s gestures and motions. Gaming devices tapped into this early on, with Nintendo Wii’s Wii-mote relying on both a motion capture device and a physical controller, that Playstation and Xbox both adapted and further developed.
Today we are going to look at a couple of devices that further evolve this theory of motion control for the various devices in your household.
First up, is the Leap Motion controller. GEEK saw the product at CES 2013 and witnessed a live demo. This product caught our attention with its finely tuned 3D motion controls and potential to revolutionize how we interact with our computers.
The latest press release from Leap Motion announces the release of the HP ENVY17, which will come embedded with the Leap Motion technology.
World’s First Computer Embedded with Leap Motion Technology to Hit Shelves This Fall
Innovative 3D Motion Control Company Unveils New Micro Sensor, Opens Broad Potential For Future Form Factors
San Francisco – September 19, 2013 –Leap Motion™, the company providing a revolutionary new 3D motion control technology for people to play, create and explore with their hands in the air, has launched phase two of its product roadmap – embedding into other devices. Today HP announced the HP ENVY17 Leap Motion Special Edition (SE), the world’s first notebook PC embedded with Leap Motion’s revolutionary technology and its Airspace™ app platform.
Going on sale in the next few weeks, the notebook uses a new micro sensor technology from Leap Motion that allows for a wide range of integrations in future HP form factors.The HP ENVY17 Leap Motion SE will go on sale first in select US retailers, then around the world and online at www.shopping.HP.com. It will retail for a starting price of $1049.99. HP will deliver these PCs pre-loaded with Leap Motion’s Airspace Home and a bundle of selected apps designed for Leap Motion. The integration in notebook computers offers a seamless user experience. To turn Leap Motion’s technology on and off, users select function+space bar.
The Leap Motion integration into the HP ENVY17 marks an industry milestone as the first PC notebook with built-in 3D motion control capabilities. To achieve this, Leap Motion designed a new micro sensor that has a height of just 3.5 mm, smaller than any 3D motion control technology on the market.
“HP integrating Leap Motion’s technology so rapidly pushes the industry forward to offer users more innovative computing options,” said Michael Buckwald, co-founder and CEO of Leap Motion. “With our new micro sensor, there’s tremendous opportunity to integrate into other form factors like keyboards, smartphones, tablets, head-mounted displays and more. This is the next step for our company, with tremendous potential for the future.” “The Leap Motion team has developed incredible technology that fundamentally changes how consumers interact with digital content,” said Ron Coughlin, senior vice president of HP’s Consumer PC and Services group. “We are excited to be the first to embed Leap Motion’s technology in a PC, and our collaboration with Leap Motion is just one example of how HP is innovating and defining the next generation computing experience.”
Leap Motion’s technology allows people to play, create, explore and learn with their computers through natural hand and finger movements. The company launched its first product, the Leap Motion Controller, in July around the world. Since then, the Airspace Store has grown to more than 100 titles and people have downloaded more than 1 million apps.
The potential of this technology opens up entirely new way to surf, work, and create on the computer, and the HP ENVY17 is the first step in that technological shift.
Moving to some of the other electronic devices in our household, a new product from Thalmic Labs is set to release a unique controller known as the Myo. The Myo relies on gestures to control a number of devices that include computers, media players, phones, game consoles, and more, without using a camera like most conventional devices today. The user wears an armband that registers the motion of the arm muscles in response to the various control gestures used, and the variability of uses is staggering, as demonstrated in this following video.
The wide range of applications of this particular technology coupled with the freedom of movement and lack of restrictions usually offered by a motion camera make this a product to check out. The Myo is expected to ship early 2014, and can be pre-ordered here for $149.99.
And if anyone else was excited by the potential of Spidey related gaming with the gesture below, be assured you are not alone.