Let the inevitable comparisons to Minority Report begin.
How many technologies have you heard being compared to Minority Report style computing? More than you can count on one hand, most likely, and we have yet another candidate in Leap Motion with its 3D motion control technology. Hewlett-Packard (HP) will attempt to bring Leap Motion's technology to the mainstream by embedding it into select products as part of a new collaboration between these two companies.
"Customers want to go to the next level when creating and interacting with digital content," said Ron Coughlin , senior vice president and general manager, Consumer PCs at HP. "Leap Motion's groundbreaking 3D motion control combined with HP technology and amazing developer apps will create incredible user experiences."
The bulk of those user experiences Coughlin references aren't yet known, though the companies did announce that certain HP systems will come pre-loaded with Airspace, Leap Motion's application store. Airspace is home to a variety of software across gaming, music, education, art, productivity, and other categories.
So, what exactly is Leap Motion's technology ? Through the use of an external controller (which is what will be embedded into select HP systems), Leap Motion is able to create an interactive three-dimensional space that's 8 cubic feet. Leap Motion claims it can track all 10 fingers up to 1/100th of a millimeter, making it up to 200 times more sensitive than existing motion-control technology.
On paper, the technology seems limited only by what by developers can conceive. You can reach out and pick up virtual objects and pretty much interact as you normally would in the real world, only now your movement's being picked up by a highly sensitive controller that can tell an index finger apart from a pinky or thumb.