Will motion control be the next multi-touch?
This kind of device reminds me of the excitement many had at the first demonstration of high resolution, low cost multi-touch input devices. I still remember watching Jeff Han demo his multi-touch drafting table and thinking, "this is where HCI needs to go". Not long after that demo we had the iPhone implementing a different technology, but still all the promise of the multi-touch interaction paradigm. I think we can all agree that multi-touch was indeed a transformative technology that has slowly bled into almost every industry.
So, will motion control be the next big leap in how we interact with our computers? We've already seen the DIY community take the Kinect to some pretty remarkable places. With the release of Leap Motion's Leap we should see the first commercially available device intended for this means of interaction across a broad range of devices. There are even rumors of this technology being used in mobile devices. I for one am extremely excited about the possibility of motion control. While I can see some possible issues with it, such as keeping your hand aloft for long periods, I still think the technology shows a great deal of promise.
What do you think? Will the Leap usher in a new age of 3D motion interaction, or will we stick to more tried and true ways of telling our devices what to do? I for one have already pre-ordered my Leap. I don't know if it will change the world of technology, but I want to be there on the front lines if it does.
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the keyboard and mouse at least not yet it will be great for many things we do with our computers like gaming for one. It is early in this technology but it is a great addition to our computing experance.