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Is $70 for a New Way to Interact With Your Computer Worth It?

deBrice 2012/07/18 15:00:00
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Leap Motion is taking pre-orders for an innovative new device called "The Leap." The device is pretty affordable at $70 and you should be able to use it on your Window or Mac. But the one concern is: what would you use it for?

The video demonstrates games and 3-D modeling software in action, but how long can I actually keep my arm straight in front of my screen? I did the test and after 30 seconds I started to feel uncomfortable, and honestly I stopped before even reaching a minute. Do you see any good use for this new hi-tech toy?



LEAPMOTION.COM reports:
Leap represents an entirely new way to interact with your computers. It's more accurate than a mouse, as reliable as a keyboard and more sensitive than a touchscreen. For the first time, you can control a computer in three dimensions with your natural hand and finger movements.

Read More: http://leapmotion.com/

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  • Kozmo 2012/10/16 06:43:22
    This is fantastic!
    Kozmo
    +1
    Needs a learning curve sure, but what if you have tremors or too much coffee?
    the younger crowd (as usual) should catch on quick, but don't expect to REAL vehicles comtroled in a like way. maybe having 2 or sensors spaced each side just above the keyboard and one above & behind would be more comfortable. Bit of a bother when hand is in FRONT of screen.
  • TuringsChild 2012/10/15 11:47:57
    No, it's useless
    TuringsChild
    It would have made sense back in the day of the ball mouse, but laser mice(?) are plenty reliable. No need for this cute toy.
  • Airhead 2012/10/15 07:00:26
    This is fantastic!
    Airhead
    Ordering one now. It will be great for setting up jobs to print.
  • us 2012/08/09 02:25:59
    This is fantastic!
    us
    but I don't think it something that I would buy.
  • Awesomefurby12 2012/07/30 18:49:23
    No, it's useless
    Awesomefurby12
    I know it's amazing but... What's the point of it?
  • TEPP 2012/07/27 22:26:22
    This is fantastic!
    TEPP
    Really, Really dirty stuff.
  • Danny 2012/07/27 21:54:35
    No, it's useless
    Danny
    I couldn't even last 30 secs unless it came with a VR console system attached :-P
  • mikeeonly 2012/07/27 05:59:54
    This is fantastic!
    mikeeonly
    looks good but seems a little awkward
  • Jodi Martinez 2012/07/24 15:33:58
    This is fantastic!
    Jodi Martinez
    I use my hands and arms alot and love new tech stuff...i have always said if they can do it in the movies they can do it in really life, still waiting for the liquid oxygen like in the movie "The Abyss" spelled wrong I think...
  • Kozmo Jodi Ma... 2012/10/16 06:48:57
    Kozmo
    The OXYGENATED fluid is a REALITY, been used as artificial blood for JW's. Would think 2 or 3 sensors spaced each side and just above & behind keyboard would be more ergonomic.

    Reminds me of the controls used in Tazon [sic?] ships in Roddenberry's
    ("May He drift in Space") 'Earth: Final Conflict.

    Caveat, what if you had tremors?
  • Azshade 2012/07/24 11:44:58
    This is fantastic!
    Azshade
    +1
    Learning the piano. An input device for people with arthritis. Drawing programs. Some games. Easier OS navigation.

    I don't think it'll replace a mouse, but like a graphics tablet, it'll have a niche. At $70 it's a very low price point and I can see uses.
  • Drea 2012/07/24 02:26:48
    No, it's useless
    Drea
    ... though i wonder if it works when you've got ketchup on your hands. :D
  • deBrice Drea 2012/07/24 13:03:17
    deBrice
    +1
    Want to simulate first person shooting to the extrem lol
  • Sandman366 2012/07/22 13:20:45
    This is fantastic!
    Sandman366
    +1
    While uses might be limited for now, that's....
    ...and epic looking toy.

    Let me guess their next ambition: controlling a humanoid with one of these types of things...only it reads full body instead of just hands.
  • deBrice Sandman366 2012/07/24 13:04:23 (edited)
    deBrice
    Tron and virtual reality are getting closer and closer
  • Sandman366 deBrice 2012/07/25 01:10:15
    Sandman366
    Oh, but think of the possibilities. If dying in there is more like Inception than The Matrix (with no Limbo), movies'd be a hell of a lot cheaper to make (save for that whole...everything is "CGI".) That...and...we could all be Reality Warpers as long as the system could handle what we wanted to simulate.
  • deBrice Sandman366 2012/07/25 14:08:39
    deBrice
    Knowing human being, 99% chance it would turn into porn
  • Sandman366 deBrice 2012/07/27 22:49:58
    Sandman366
    But the other 1% would be very realistic if simulated well.

    Imagine, a movie about people underwater/in space, "on location", without needing 50 tons of gear/safety equipment.
  • Melissa Ray 2012/07/21 06:38:58 (edited)
    This is fantastic!
    Melissa Ray
    +1
    Pretty cheap considering what it does. it'd be a convenience in alot of case for me.
  • Chuck 2012/07/20 03:55:44
    No, it's useless
    Chuck
    That woul hurt my arms
  • M A 2012/07/19 17:13:14
    No, it's useless
    M A
    +2
    I cant imagine having to hold your arms in the air for any length of time
  • Rebellion 2012/07/19 12:02:31
    No, it's useless
    Rebellion
    +1
    Most people find it fantastic, put technology will continue to improve, with new rubbish coming out. Want to draw? Buy a drawing Tablet. You don't want to use mousepad or the keyboard? Buy a tablet.
  • deBrice Rebellion 2012/07/24 13:06:20 (edited)
    deBrice
    A drawing table is very expensive (couple hundreds for a regular size). And if you want to animate things, this tool can be much better than a drawing tablet. I'm sure people like it because they see an innovation and new way to interact with the computer.
  • Kndrk 2012/07/19 05:39:49
    This is fantastic!
    Kndrk
    +2
    For that price?... why not.
  • tristarr 2012/07/19 04:54:14
    No, it's useless
    tristarr
    +1
    i am cool with a key board
  • Xerxes,Phantom of PHAET 2012/07/19 00:34:34
    No, it's useless
    Xerxes,Phantom of PHAET
    +1
    I would probably play with it for about 30 minutes, then the novelty would wear off
  • Gregaj7 2012/07/18 23:51:57
    No, it's useless
    Gregaj7
    +1
    Not interested.
  • Vision of Verve 2012/07/18 22:18:46
  • chamchamgal 2012/07/18 20:31:09
    This is fantastic!
    chamchamgal
    Suck it you over priced Kinect!
  • Michelle 2012/07/18 20:21:49
    This is fantastic!
    Michelle
    +1
    $70 is an affordable price for a gimmick like this. I've seen $50 mouses, after all. I think it's really neat, and I would use it as long as I wouldn't need to leave it connected all the time. I think I would prefer my mouse for internet browsing and most online games, but I have a couple games which I think this would be nice with, and I think this would be great for when I'm writing. When I write, I center my keyboard and ditch the mouse, so simply switching formatting becomes a task in readjusting to locate and then use the mouse before returning to my comfortable typing position. Simply raising my arm and "clicking" on what I need would be quicker and much less of a bother.

    But who else thought of how Tony Stark sometimes does this sort of thing to control his computers in the Marvel movies? I seem to remember that he controlled a computer with hand motions from afar in Iron Man...
  • Nam Era Vet #1 DNA TLC 2012/07/18 20:09:46
    No, it's useless
    Nam Era Vet #1 DNA TLC
    I just can't how I'd use it that much
  • Sterling 2012/07/18 19:13:20
    This is fantastic!
    Sterling
    Some things about this could be great.
  • Chris D 2012/07/18 19:10:50
    This is fantastic!
    Chris D
    get some exercise while online :)
  • ParkMan 2012/07/18 19:06:24
    This is fantastic!
    ParkMan
    +1
    I can see this being used to interact with the screen instead of a mouse. i.e., want to flip to the next page, wave you arm. Want to click on a link, just point to it.

    I'd give it a shot.
  • Outta' Here. 2012/07/18 18:31:09
    No, it's useless
    Outta' Here.
    More crap.
  • Ben 2012/07/18 18:13:57
    This is fantastic!
    Ben
    +1
    druuuuugs!
  • the fuze 2012/07/18 18:09:07
    No, it's useless
    the fuze
    No thanks, not into gimmicks.
  • Magical Mushroom 2012/07/18 17:50:23
    This is fantastic!
    Magical Mushroom
    I am getting this when I get some money. This looks great.
  • Joey 2012/07/18 17:46:02
    No, it's useless
    Joey
    It looks like it can be used by some people but for most people it would seem to be better option, but I as the person who was so silly to think that you would want a light weight computer over a tablet that has 1/3 of the power.
  • Jimbo 2012/07/18 17:43:31
    This is fantastic!
    Jimbo
    It's really cool but it's not practical.

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