Sorry for bumping but this was shown at CES 2013 and it seems to have advanced a bit. They also have singed with Asustek (ASUS).
And in an unpromising back room I was shown something even more impressive. Leap Motion's Leap is a small, beautifully designed device that you plug into your computer. This creates an invisible field around the computer, allowing you to control what happens on screen with your fingers, whether it's slashing melons in a game of Fruit Ninja or shaping a vase in a 3D design program.
This was the most impressive demo I've seen of gesture as a new computing interface and it looks set to make the founders of Leap Motion very rich. Our predecessors in the shabby conference room were executives from one of the biggest names in global entertainment, and the firm has already struck deals with computer makers who will install their technology inside their products.
Goodbye mouse and keyboard, hello air.
Leap Motion, a 3-D motion sensor that allows users to interact with computers simply by gesturing in the air -- think Tom Cruise in "The Minority Report" -- has secured an additional $30 million in funding, the company announced Thursday.
Leap also announced that computer maker Asus will be one of the first manufacturers to bundle Leap's technology directly into some of its computers and notebooks.
The new products with Leap Motion devices pre-installed should be available later this year.
"We're ready to make 2013 the year of the new interface," Leap Motion's CEO Michael Buckwald said in a statement.
Leap introduced its motion controller last May. It's an iPod sized box that sits in front of your computer and gives you 8 cubic feet of 3D interaction space.
As long as you are standing within the controller's range, the Leap Motion controller can track your movements with a sensitivity said to be 200 times that of Microsoft's Kinect or Nintendo's Wii. It can even track different finger movements.
The Leap Motion controller is available for pre-order for $69.99 on the company's website. Last spring Leap said it hoped to start shipping the device by this month. More recently, the company said it will ship the device to consumers early this year.
Leap has already sent 12,000 free units to developers to get them working on cool applications.
The Tobii controller (eye/gaze control) that costs $900+ is less likely to make an impact on computing as this, which is $70 turning any screen or surface to multitouch
They say you can’t judge a book by its cover, which is especially true on the floor of CES. Some of the most nondescript booths have some of the most amazing things and some of the largest, glitziest booths show nothing but ho-hum technology. In the former category, you have Leap Motion. Tucked in the back of one of the smaller halls, they only have a pair of conference rooms and a small sign with their company logo. It becomes clear that you probably need to have an appointment to see what’s going on inside. But that doesn’t stop people from trying to get a look, especially since Leap Motion is on the brink of releasing a product that technology enthusiasts are eager to get their hands on.
The Leap Motion Controller, a motion sensing human input device for computers, was first unveiled in a video last May and the excitement for it was viral. Since then, their engineers have been working with a select group of third party developers to create software so that the product can have commercial success when it’s released at the end of this quarter. But that doesn’t mean that small developers and hackers are locked out. Along with the release of the peripheral, they’ll be opening up their SDK for anyone to play around with it. According to Michael Zagorsek, the company’s Vice President of Product Marketing, they want “people to go far and wide and do whatever they can with it.” Check out the video above to see a demo of the technology and hear about their strategy for releasing a product that’s open to developers.