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All posts tagged "Leap"

  • HP’s new Christmas goodies: hybrids, Haswell, and a Leap laptop

    Yesterday HP announced a host of new products set to milk the Christmas crowds of 2013 dry. All the devices target different markets from the wallet-wary to the high-end consumer. Although there’s a range of different tablets for both Windows 8.1 and Android the thing that probably stole the show the most would be the first Leap integrated PC. Some of the other products that managed to share the limelight was the 7-inch Android Slate tablet and the Haswell-powered Pavilion laptop. Some of these products haven’t received a price tag and release date as of yet but will surely...

  • This Apple patent will let us move and manipulate objects in 3D

    Apple has just obtained a patent that could let users “generate and manipulate 3D objects using 3D gesture inputs.” Apple’s U.S. Patent No. 8514221 is titled Working with 3D objects and mainly revolves around users having the ability to “pull” or “lift” 2D objects out of surfaces such as the iPad’s screen for example. There’s also talk of an application that lets you enable “sculpting” mode. This describes how you can manipulate 3D objects as if they were made out of clay. Using finger gestures you can “squeeze” or “stretch” these objects and even break or cut of a piece...

  • Leap Motion review: 3D motion-controlled fun

    Let’s get this out of the way quickly: Leap Motion, the 3D motion-based controller, isn’t going to replace the mouse right now. It’s a bold little toy, roughly the size of my thumb, is loaded with a highly accurate range of sensors and as of this very moment, won’t replace the traditional mouse in any way, shape or form. That’s what you were hoping for right? A Minority Report-style interface — all hands and no clicking, yeah boy. But that’s far from the truth. Leap Motion’s controller is fun, but it lacks the feedback of a mouse. I had a...

  • Leap Motion preview: two days of fun and frustration

    Leap Motion is onto something different, innit? Leap is a 3D motion-controller the size of an electric slug that works on PC or Mac. And yeah, the operative word is “works” because as incredible as Leap is (crowds gathered around my PC), it’s just a gimmick… for now. Allow me to explain. The box is gorgeous and echoes Apple’s design ethos. Minimal, clean, fuss-free Why do I say that it’s a gimmick? Because this US$80 (R800) device right now cannot replace the mouse as a Minority Report-style interface. I bet you all thought that when the Leap first came out,...

  • Leap Motion goes hands-free with Windows 8 video demo

    Leap Motion has released a new video that demos the powerful gesture technology of its PC and Mac compatible device. We already knew how accurate the ten-finger motion controller is, but this is the first time we’ve seen it officially demoed with Windows 8. Matter of fact, Leap Motion looks so fun and fast on Windows 8 that it practically makes the OS seem exciting again. In the video, the user jumps from zooming to in to images, to rating fractals to navigating the touch-friendly interface of Windows 8. As one commenter notes on the YouTube channel, Leap Motion...

  • Leap Motion Controller now Linux compatible

    Leap, the Kinect-like motion controller for PC now supports Linux, says Ubuntuvibes. Leap Motion Dev, one of Leap’s twitter accounts sent this message to it’s Linux fans earlier this week. #leapmotion SDK build 0.7.6 is now available. #leapdev‘s: Linux is now supported, finger tracking has been improved. ow.ly/jrdEL — Leap Motion Dev (@LeapMotionDev) March 26, 2013   Improved finger tracking, always a good thing. The official support log has added details regarding the Linux update: Beta release of the Leap Linux SDK for Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, 12.10, or newer. It’s early, but we’d love your feedback and support in bringing our software to this...

  • Grab Leap for $80 when it launches on 13 May

    Leap from Leap Motion is the innovative, Kinect-like device that costs US$80 and lets PC owners control use pinch-to-zoom functions and other hands-free gestures, all care of Leap’s App store, called Airspace. Users who pre-ordered Leap would only spend US$70 on the device and will have it shipped to them on 13 May. Everyone else only gets it 19 May. There will be two places to purchase Leap online, mainly through Leap Motion’s Web site, and at one of any of the trillion Best Buy stores State-side. According to Cnet, Leap Motion has secured over US$30-million in funding thanks to...

  • Leap — more than a gimmick

    We all use a mouse and keyboard in our daily (computing) lives. No matter what kind of application we are accessing, the mouse and keyboard are the driving force behind how we interact with our computers. Despite this all important how, it is the what that computer technology and innovation gets focused on time and again. Upping processor power, increasing hard drive sizes or updating software versions take precedent over the ways that we actually interface with our computers. After all, the mouse and keyboard are as old as they are reliable and accurate. It brings the old adage to...

  • 4 pieces of tech we’re dying to get our hands on

    It’s only halfway through 2012 and already we’ve seen the release of several highly-anticipated tech products including the PS Vita, the new iPad and most recently the Samsung Galaxy SIII. However, there’s still plenty to come and we’ve rounded up some of our favourite tech products that we can’t wait to get our hands on. In no particular order, here they are. iPhone 5 It goes without saying that Apple’s latest upgrade to its mobile offering is right at the top of many people’s lists. Ever since the release of the first iPhone five years ago the device’s popularity has grown...

  • Minority Report is real — welcome to the world of the Leap

    “Shut up and take my money” we say to Leap — the US$70 Kinect-like device which replaces your mouse. But is it too good to be true? No actually, it’s as real as apples and rainbows but at least three times more life-affirming. From Leapmotion comes the Leap, and the company is so confident of its success that it’s saying “it’s like day one for the mouse.” More like it’s a super-cheap Kinect...

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