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Motion interface for PCs nears

User interface.pngRecently, it was reported that HP has agreed a deal with Leap Motion to embed the motion-control technology company's 3D gesture technology within HP PCs. This gesture enabling technology can detect the movement of 10 fingers at once, using two cameras with three infrared LEDs in the controller to track hand movements (without even touching the screen). Leap Motion is even talking about having an app store called Airspace that is set to launch in May.


User interface disruptions like this should significantly shift how applications are written and used, allowing new ways to work with all the data and computing capabilities. Making the interface simpler (dispensing with the need for specialized gloves) and more intuitive is one way to improve productivity. Although this approach may now focus on PCs, I’m sure there will be efforts in the mobile space soon as well.


I wonder if someone will hack together a 3D scanner interface too, much like folks have done with Microsoft Kinects that Microsoft is now incorporating into the product SDK.

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