Leap Motion

Leap Motion + Fleksy is Genius Typing in the Air

A post showed up on Engadget this morning that caught my eye.

Laser projected virtual keyboardsSo 2004. These days, tech firms are dreaming up completely invisible typewriters, or at least Syntellia is. By marrying a Leap Motion sensor with its own Fleksy predictive keyboard, the company has created a system that seems to let you type on thin air

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Yet another crazy-cool thing coming out of SXSW this year. You might say I predicted this. Last week I wrote posts about each of these companies and how I was excited about the work they are doing. I ended my Leap Motion post remarking on the promising future the miniscule device has. I suggested it could read sign language and allow people with arthritis to control computers without the joint pain, to control of a television without a remote.

Fleksy_LogoThen, in my Fleksy post I suggested ways Fleksy could make the move out of touchscreen devices and incorporated into computers. I wrote specifically how it could be used to speed up typing and allow a dramatic increase in accuracy.

But what I neglected to put together was what would happen if Fleksy worked with Leap Motion. Well, turns out they were already thinking about this and have announced Fleksy integration with Leap Motion, and it’s pretty brilliant. Imagine controlling your AppleTV with the Leap Motion, swiping in the air through videos and songs. When it came time to do a search in the Netflix app, you’d have the ability to simply type in the air using Fleksy integration instead of the traditional, and painfully slow, method of input with the AppleTV onscreen keyboard.

I’m not sure if I’m a genius for thinking abstractly of these two ideas or dense for not thinking of combining the two. Either way I’m even more looking forward to the delivery of my Leap Motion. Apple being the silo that it is, we might have to work with some XMBC hackers to get the above integration working but it would be worth it.

Countdown Until the Leap Motion Release

You might remember all the hype behind a magical, Minority Report-style, motion control device that busted out onto the tech-scene this summer. The videos of it in action and the announced price (around $100) made it seem like vaporware, something just too good to be true.

With just the wave of your hand, a twitch of a finger, you’re able to control your computer as if it were a touch screen. How it does all of this is still a bit of a mystery. It does not require cameras like the Kinect or Playstation. The tiny desktop box connects via USB and monitors a field of aerial, phalangeal manipulation at up to eight cubic feet.

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The device looks to revolutionize how we interact with our computers. Imagine being able to paint in Photoshop with your finger in the air instead of a stylus scraping a plastic tablet. Imagine modeling a 3D structure in Maya or AutoCad. Immersive gameplay would only get more immersive as your hands become the controllers, much like Kinect but likely more accurate. Of course that is if it ever came out. I preordered mine last June and was under the impression it would be released around Christmas but it never did. Keep on reading…