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My Leap Motion device arrived

spinme.pngLike a number of others I received my Leap Motion device the other day. This device allows you to interact with your computer using your fingers (or a pencil) in 3D space above your desktop.


It felt a bit like the first time I used a mouse coming from a text only interface background. The interface was interesting and there are a few demonstration applications, but it was also a bit frustrating because there was so little software available that was designed to work with it.


The learning process is full of hand gyrations as you start to develop a feel for how the system works. Clicking is a tiring process, but that might just be my poor technique.


The finger tracking is impressive and hopefully the number of applications can hit critical mass to keep the technology developing. I can definitely see it applied to 3D CAD interfaces but I doubt that it will do Microsoft Office much good. On the other hand, I may have said the same thing about Visicalc and the mouse back in the 80s.


As far as the illustration for this post goes, if you have a Leap Motion device you likely have seen this figure, it is from one of the demonstrations and you use your fingers to make the head spin.

Labels: User Interface
| ‎09-23-2013 03:51 PM

The Envy17 leap motion has been announced.

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