By now, we all know what the future will be like; movies and TV shows have described it in detail. We know about the flying cars, holograms and robot butlers.
So when will we really get those technologies? The internet has been buzzing about the much-delayed Leap Motion Controller ($80) since its first public demonstrations over a year ago.
Imagine controlling on-screen objects just by reaching into empty space, just like Tom Cruise! Imagine gesture recognition just like Microsoft's Kinect game controller, but on a much smaller, more precise scale! Imagine the future, plugged into a USB jack on the Mac or Windows PC you own today!
The Leap Motion sensor is beautiful, tiny and self-contained. If Wrigley's ever comes out with a Juicy Fruit Designer Pack, it might look like this: a sleek, glass-and-aluminum slab (1.2 by 3 by 0.5 inches), with nonskid rubber on the bottom. A single USB cable (both a long one and a short one come in the box) stretches away to your computer; a light comes on when it's working.
If you have a desktop computer, you put the sensor between your screen and keyboard. If it's a laptop, you park it on the desk just in front of the keyboard. Soon, Leap says, you'll be able to buy a PC from HP or Asus that has the sensor built right in.You download the Leap software , and presto: a somewhat buggy tutorial instructs you to insert your hands into the space — an invisible two-foot cube — that's monitored by the Leap's cameras and infrared sensors.
This device is like the Kinect in that it recognizes body parts in space. But not only is the Leap far smaller and less expensive, it's also far more precise. According to the company, it can detect the precise positions of all 10 of your fingers simultaneously, with a spatial accuracy to a 100th of a millimeter — 200 times as accurate as the Kinect.
And remember, the Leap adds gesture recognition not to your TV, but to your computer. A machine that can run millions of different programs for all different purposes. Games, sure, but also office work. Creative work. Communication. Entertainment . Surely this little wonder is a very big deal.
Unfortunately, it's not. The Leap's hardware may be simple, attractive and coherent — but its software is scattershot, inconsistent and frustrating .
One crushing disappointment is that no software recognizes your hand motions unless it's been specially written, or adapted, for use by the Leap.
source : Times of US.
Now all we can do is hope for the best possibilities in the future.