Virtual reality is in an odd place right now. Countless companies are competing to one-up each other, adding features and upgrades to supposedly make their headsets stand out … but most of them are unreleased products. It's essentially unreleased beta hardware duking it out to score public perception points (and, by association, woo developers). Leap Motion
and Razer's OSVR
took the latest step in that game today.
Two Portuguese designers based in Sydney have come up with a practical idea for facilitating communication between people when sign language is involved. Catarina Araujo and Sofia Santos’ project, still at the development stage and looking for financial backers, taps Leap Motion
technology to create a wearable sign language translator to be worn as a necklace.
Hot on the heels of the Leap Motion Controller
, which began shipping last week, Leap Motion has released the accompanying software. The software allows people to control their computers with natural movements, detecting both hand and finger movements. In addition, the company launched its Airspace store which includes apps specifically designed for use with the device.
The news release announcing the availability of the Leap Motion controller and supporting software
isn't even cold yet, and the first applications that make use of its gesture recognition capabilities are already making a break for freedom. Asetniop
creator Zack Dennis has joined the fray with an alternative to the physical keyboard he's calling DexType. Essentially a Google Chrome browser plugin, the Dex-typist uses mid-air point and poke gestures to select characters from a strip at the bottom of the screen.
is on its way. With the clock ticking down to the PC gesture controller’s July 22 launch, Leap has a brand new teaser video that showcases the device’s interaction with Windows. If you'd forgotten how exciting Leap was when we first got the chance to play with it
, this might be enough to get your blood pumping again.
It seems like the last few years were all about watching smartphones and tablets get better and faster. But how much of that was really new?
2013, though, could give us some truly breakthrough products. Google Glass
, Apple’s rumored iWatch
, and Leap Motion
could all be big-time game-changers. One of those just teamed up with another big partner, as the new version of Google Earth plays nicely with Leap Motion.
It hasn’t even been released yet but the Leap Motion
could already be considered something of a success – at least with PC manufacturers. Following in the footsteps of Asus, who announced in January
that it would bundle the 3D motion controller with some of its PCs, the world’s biggest PC manufacturer has joined the gesture control party. But HP has gone one step further, promising to build the Leap Motion technology into some future HP devices.
The creators of the Leap Motion controller
took the stage at the South By Southwest Interactive festival in Austin, Texas, to show off their forthcoming US$80 system and talk about its place in a world that already has the Microsoft Kinect and other similar hardware. Gizmag captured Leap's on-stage demonstration at SXSW and also went hands-on with the motion controller.
It may not quite have the hype of Google Glass
, Apple’s rumored iWatch
, or the Galaxy S IV
, but Leap Motion
may be one of the most important technology products of 2013. The small sensor that lets you control your computer with mid-air 3D gestures now has a ship date – along with its own app store.
Having already joined the motion control party by partnering with PrimeSense
, the company behind Microsoft's Kinect, ASUS is now partnering with Leap Motion, the company responsible for a sensor that enables full control of a PC or Mac using hand and finger gestures. The 3D motion control tech will be bundled with selected ASUS' high-end notebooks and All-in-One (AiO) PCs by the end of 2013.