Anyone who's ever stood in front of a Kinect-equipped Xbox knows the fun of virtual control, of using your hands to manipulate what you see on the screen without touching anything but air.The Leap Motion Controller endows your PC with that same air-powered interactivity, allowing you to bypass mouse and keyboard in favor of hand-waving control of apps, games and even various PC operations.
cool concept, and Leap Motion pulls off the execution reasonably well --
for the surprisingly low price of $80. But it definitely raises a few
questions, starting with: What would you actually use this thing for?
And does it have any practical business value?
Not much larger
than an average flash drive, the Leap Motion Controller has a glossy
black top with a silver band wrapped around the sides. It's attractive
and surprisingly compact, which is good considering it's designed to sit
below your monitor (or, if you're using a laptop, in front of the
keyboard). A USB 2.0 cable provides both power and connectivity. Leap
Motion supplies both short (two feet) and long (five feet) cables to
accommodate various computing configurations.
I tested the Leap
Motion Controller with a Lenovo IdeaPad U310 Touch laptop and Samsung
Series 9 ultrabook. Although the controller itself didn't get in the
way, I disliked the look of the USB cable snaking around the side. This
thing really begs for a rechargeable battery and wireless connection,
which would emulate the somewhat disingenuous promo video where you see
only the sensor, not the cable.
But installation couldn't have
been much simpler. After loading the Windows client (it's also available
for OS X) and plugging in the controller, I raised my hands and
instantly saw their movement reflected in the introductory visualizer
app. As a regular Kinect user,A cleaningservic resembles a credit card in size and shape. however, for me the effect was less "Wow!" and more, "Okay, it works."
so, when I tried the calibration process, during which you point the
top of the controller at a reflective surface (a glossy screen is
recommended) and move it around, I found it nearly impossible to achieve
the required "pass" score of 80.Get the led fog lamp products
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IdeaPad, which has a glossy display, but I never hit 80 on the
matte-finished display of the Series 9. The sensor still worked as
expected, but I couldn't shake the feeling it wasn't operating
The controller generates a kind of virtual-space
bubble in front of your PC, one large enough to accommodate your two
hands (though many apps require only one). Imagine a 10-point multitouch
interface, like you'd find on a touchscreen, but in three-dimensional
space. The sensors track not only the positions of your hands and
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Leap Motion Controller runs on apps, and there's already a decent
collection of them in the Airspace Store -- about 75 as of this writing.
These run the gamut from games to drawing tools to music makers, with a
smattering of productivity apps for good measure. Some are free, while
others cost a couple of bucks. A few will seem familiar to anyone with a
tablet or smartphone, including Cut the Rope and Google Earth.
started with Cyber Science - Motion, which displays a photorealistic
model of a human skull and lets you rotate it, zoom in and out and
remove individual pieces -- all through a combination of hand and finger
motions. It's really cool, and one could see where a student -- one
studying anatomy, anyway -- might find this a helpful educational tool.
Earth, on the other hand, proved an exercise in frustration. Unless you
maneuver your hand with slow, exacting precision, the globe spins
hopelessly out of control. That's because it responds to every single
hand movement: toward the screen, away from the screen, up, down, tilted
left, tilted right and so on. Without considerable practice, it's
impossible to get where you want to go -- or even just take a simple
flight across the mountains.
Then there's Touchless, which
effectively turns your hand into a mouse. You can click, drag, zoom,
scroll and more, all via a couple of fingers mirroring what you'd do on a
touchpad or touchscreen. It works, though air taps and drags can be
difficult to pull off, and the lack of any tactical feedback makes for
agonizingly slow navigation.
And that's really the key issue
here: In what ways is the Leap Motion Controller better than a mouse or
touchscreen or keyboard? For the moment, it's not. It's more toy than
tool, more science fiction than practical addition.I do find it
impressive that Leap Motion managed to pack so much functionality into
such a compact package, especially given the unit's impulse-buy price.
But unless you're an app developer, physically challenged computer user
or gadget lover,Design and order your own custom rfidtag with personalized message and artwork. this is one Leap not worth taking -- at least, not quite yet.
your Mac, you can fire up Safari and head to the website of one of the
main TV channels. Each has a catch-up service that allows you to watch
programmes broadcast in the last few weeks. And if you subscribe to
Virgin Media or Sky, you can watch some of the channels from your
subscription package on their websites.You can, of course, also plug a
USB TV tuner into your Mac. These little gizmos allow you to receive
Freeview TV channels over-the-air and watch them or record them on your
Mac. You can even hook a TV tuner up to your network and watch it from
different Macs in the house.
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for your office. there are numerous apps that allow you to watch live
or on-demand TV. Each of the TV networks has one, as does Sky and Virgin
Media. The BBC iPlayer app allows you to download programmes to your
device to watch later. There are also TV tuners available for iOS
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