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post #21 of 29
I was actually thinking about this the other day. Aren't they supposed to come out next month? That was the original goal anyway. I'm excited about it a little, and hope it works as intended. Might get slammed for that but I also like windows 8, which I think will pair nicely with this.
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Mix this with Microsoft Illumiroom smile.gif Then you will have Minority Report to its fullest smile.gif
post #23 of 29
Been following it since several months ago, and I'm REALLY looking forward to it.

Haven't preordered it though, a bit skeptical.
   
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I'm really hoping that it doesn't shoot up in price when it's released. I'll be kicking myself then. I guess even if it does, popularity will dictate how long it stays there.
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http://money.cnn.com/2013/01/16/technology/innovation/leap-motion-controller/
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Leap Motion, which has several Apple veterans in executive ranks, will sell a $70 controller at Best Buy (BBY, Fortune 500) starting in the spring. Pre-orders begin in February.
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The controller itself is an unassuming 3-inch-by-1-inch-by-0.5-inch black box. Leap Motion can track the movements of all 10 fingers on your hand down to 1/100th of a millimeter, which is smaller than the tip of a pin. CNNMoney tried the system on a laptop, and the response was lightning-fast, tracking movements at 290 frames per second.
That lack of delay was a major priority in development, says Leap Motion co-founder and CEO Mike Buckwald -- especially because the company wants its technology to be in more than just your PC.

"Precision is important, but it's also the lack of latency. Your brain gets confused if what's on the screen isn't moving at essentially the same exact time as your hand," Buckwald says. "If you want to use this on something like robotic surgery, you need zero latency."

Robotic surgery could well be in Leap Motion's future, says company president and COO Andy Miller.

"We've had licensing talks in a lot of fields: autos, health care, even fast food," Miller says. "We've been contacted by pretty much everyone you can think of."

The rise of mouse-less computing -- or as Miller puts it, a "disappearing user interface" -- comes as consumers are getting used to device features triggered by voice and gestures.

Start seeing it February

http://www.engadget.com/2013/01/16/leap-motion-best-buy/
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Ever since we first saw Leap Motion's hyper-accurate gesture control system in person, we've been waiting for the time when we can walk into a store and buy one. Sure, devs have been able to buy Leap controllers for some time and it won't be long before Leap's tech is baked into retail laptops, but now the general public's going to get the chance to grab the standalone controller, too. That's right, folks, this spring, the Leap Motion Controller will be available nationwide at any Best Buy store, with pre-orders starting in February. So, it won't be long before you can stroll on down to the nearest big blue box and pick one up -- assuming there's still one within strolling (or driving) distance.
http://www.pcworld.com/article/2025398/leap-motion-signs-exclusive-deal-with-best-buy.html
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Leap Motion, a highly accurate 3D motion controller, has signed a deal with Best Buy for the retailer to be the exclusive place where shoppers can purchase the device, according to TechCrunch and others.

Best Buy will put Leap Motion’s devices on display in its stores so people can test out games and apps. Pre-orders begin at Best Buy's stores and website in February for a launch in the spring.

Leap Motion is also taking pre-orders for the $70 device (plus $9 for shipping) on its own website, with shipping expected later this quarter. This month, Asus announced that it would bundle the motion controller with select new computers, including laptops and all-in-one PCs, this year.

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post #26 of 29
Interesting... too bad it's a best buy exclusive tongue.gif.
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post #27 of 29
Exclusive is dumb, but at the same time I have a Best Buy right down the street. It will be nice to try before I buy.

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post #28 of 29
Even if they get the latency/delay down to zero and have 100% accuracy, the primary issue for me will always be lack of physical feedback. I can't stress how important it is to have physical feedback from all controls or input devices. People tried to make holographic keyboards (or completely flat keyboards) and nobody liked it due to the lack of physical feedback. You could make cars drivable with motion controls in the future but I guarantee almost nobody will like it - from the dawn of time time man has invented a control input, it has always been about the FEEL of those controls.

People LOVE pushing buttons, turning dials, pulling levers, flicking switches, clicking mice, etc! There is a wonderful sense of achievement when your control input gives you physical feedback to reassure you of what you've done.
(I'm personally a huge fan of giant brushed-aluminium volume dials on expensive stereos or amplifiers, secret guilty pleasure wink.gif )

Ask a surgeon how crucial it is for him to FEEL his tools in his fingers, to feel the resistance of cutting through flesh and fully grasp the precision of the situation. The very method of holding a scalpel is an art.
If you give him an ultra-precise robot and tell him to control that robot by wiggling his hands/fingers in the air (or a hologram), I guarantee you he'll say "...you're kidding right? I'll end up butchering something important and I won't even know it!"

Someone explain to me what this thing can do that a mouse + keyboard, or digital sketchpad + stylus, or a touchscreen already can't do better....remember all 3 of the things I have mentioned have excellent physical feedback, which is why they are so incredibly effective and have lasting appeal. I'm failing to see any appeal to this device.

The last time I waved my arms around in front of a Kinect to play a game my immediate thought was "this couldn't get any less immersive, what am I even doing?".
Edited by Tippy - 1/18/13 at 11:24am
post #29 of 29
Oh I'm not saying it's better than any of those hands on devices. I totally agree with you on the physical feedback. The only thing I would be looking at this for is as an alternative to a touch screen, and even that is on the gimmicky side. I personally like windows 8 but it really does feel like it could use a little touchscreen/Leap love on that start screen. Most of the apps would be nice to interface with this as well IMO.
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