This new gesture-recognition technology from Leap Motion is amazing.
"For the first time, you can control a computer in three dimension with your natural hand and finger movements."
The closest yet to get us to the vision in the movie, Minority Report.
"Leap is more accurate than a mouse, as reliable as a keyboard, and more sensitive than a touchscreen."
Scroll, pinpoint, pan, play, shoot, design, compose, fly--just about everything you do onscreen, but more in sync with how we generally interact with our environment and each other.
I like when the guy in the video reaches forward and the hands on the screen reach right back at him!
I'd be interested to see how this can be used to replace a keyboard for typing or will it be augmented by a really good voice recognition and natural language processing capability--then we would have an integration of the verbal and non-verbal communications cues.
In the future, add in the ability to read our facial expressions like from a robot and then we may have some real interaction going on mentally and perhaps dare I say it, even emotionally.
According to Bloomberg BusinessWeek (24 May 2012), the Leap is just the size of a "cigarette lighter that contains three tiny cameras inside" and costs just $70--"about half the price of a Kinect."
The Leap is so sophisticated that it can "track all 10 of a user's fingers and detect movements of less than one-hundredth of a millimeter."
At their site, I see you can even preorder these now for estimated shipping at the end of the year.
I think I'll put this on my holiday gift list. ;-)