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HP to Embed Leap Motion's Gesture Control Technology

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HP joins a growing list of OEMs who will be embedding Leap Motion's highly anticipated gesture control technology.

The MIT Technology Review describes the Leap Motion's 3D motion-sensing controller as "the most important new technology since the smartphone." The team can now add HP to a growing list of companies that plan to integrate its technology into their products.

HP intends to bundle Leap’s controller with “select HP personal computers” and intends to go one step further by creating “unique devices embedded with Leap’s technology.” Though no information as to what this will entail is available yet, HP’s Ron Coughlin, senior vice president of consumer PCs, noted the product’s ability to take “customers to the next level when creating and interacting with digital content,” which may indicate that the company is working on some peripherals for digital artists.

The Leap Motion controller is reportedly able to detect motions as small as 0.01 millimeters from all ten fingers at up to 290 frames per second and is expected to arrive with a retail cost of $79. A demonstration of the controller in action is available below.

Leap Motion Gesture Control Technology

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    myromance123 , April 19, 2013 4:27 AM
    The cool thing about the Leap Motion is that the developers are open-minded. They're even working on Linux support, so hopefully this cool piece of hardware can be usable on many platforms. I'm curious whether it will increase productivity or not.
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    SlitWeaver , April 19, 2013 4:45 AM
    Well...that's cool and all, but rather than spending 1000s of dollars and not learning anything, I'd rather just do this: http://mods-n-hacks.wonderhowto.com/how-to/build-your-own-kinect-like-3d-tracking-interface-with-cardboard-foil-and-arduino-0138735/
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    teh_chem , April 19, 2013 5:06 AM
    I'm not sure if gesture technology will become a standard, but operating systems definitely need a long way to go to enable its practical use. But I don't know, I don't want to be waving my hands and arms in front of my computer. Call me lazy...
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    grz09 , April 19, 2013 6:30 AM
    Some hack with the range and this could replace TrackIR + u dont have to use the mouse + its 290 fps!. Gonna be awesome to play flightsim. Yeah i'll take one!
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    grz09 , April 19, 2013 6:34 AM
    Some hack with the range and this could replace TrackIR + u dont have to use the mouse + its 290 fps!. Gonna be awesome to play flightsim. Yeah i'll take one!
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    soundping , April 19, 2013 6:45 AM
    Eye tracking technology would be more interesting.
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    warezme , April 19, 2013 6:55 AM
    I have on on pre-order for May. I have a 3D printe and I'm hoping that with it's high resolution, someone will eventually come out with either an app or development kit to do high res object scanning. It would be cool to just scan and print with this little device.
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    warezme , April 19, 2013 6:57 AM
    I have on on pre-order for May. I have a 3D printe and I'm hoping that with it's high resolution, someone will eventually come out with either an app or development kit to do high res object scanning. It would be cool to just scan and print with this little device.
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    jhansonxi , April 19, 2013 7:38 AM
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    I have on on pre-order for May. I have a 3D printe and I'm hoping that with it's high resolution, someone will eventually come out with either an app or development kit to do high res object scanning. It would be cool to just scan and print with this little device.
    There's a better way to do 3D scanning: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/photon-3d-scanner
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    ojas , April 19, 2013 8:47 AM
    Brilliant, if anything, this and the MYO should really bring people back to the PCs. First true ultrabook worth its name will be the one that integrates the Leap.
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    biggestinsect , April 19, 2013 8:49 AM
    I was thinking about getting a Kinect, A friend showed me some impressive animations using one with 3D Max. But Leap might be the ticket for gesture control, would prefer it over touch screens for my set-up.
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    dalethepcman , April 19, 2013 10:56 AM
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    I'm not sure if gesture technology will become a standard, but operating systems definitely need a long way to go to enable its practical use. But I don't know, I don't want to be waving my hands and arms in front of my computer. Call me lazy...


    You don't have to wave your hands and arm, thats the beauty of gestures. You could place one of these behind your keyboard, and when an email pops up, just point with your finger to open it, or swipe to the side to dismiss notifications. Both of these seem much more simplistic than mousing down to a pop up and clicking on it.
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    alidan , April 19, 2013 10:05 PM
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    I'm not sure if gesture technology will become a standard, but operating systems definitely need a long way to go to enable its practical use. But I don't know, I don't want to be waving my hands and arms in front of my computer. Call me lazy...


    put it on its side, and calibrate it, ta daa, you got a tablet. hell, raise your arm a bit off the keyboard and there you go, move your fingers and you got another command... would be nice to have if the software is flexable enough to handle what i want it for

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    I have on on pre-order for May. I have a 3D printe and I'm hoping that with it's high resolution, someone will eventually come out with either an app or development kit to do high res object scanning. It would be cool to just scan and print with this little device.
    There's a better way to do 3D scanning: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/photon-3d-scanner


    this is sub 100$
    that is over 500$ and only has one function.

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    I was thinking about getting a Kinect, A friend showed me some impressive animations using one with 3D Max. But Leap might be the ticket for gesture control, would prefer it over touch screens for my set-up.


    get the kinect, if you want to do animations for things, the kinect is the way to go... this may be good for hand animations and such if people write the software, but the kinect already has long distance applications.