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(Tor.com)   $70 gadget allows for incredibly precise 'Minority Report' style control of your computer. Inventor to be sued by Apple for retroactive patent infringement in 2013   (tor.com) divider line 63
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2012-08-28 11:52:01 AM  
Leap Motion has been available for pre-order since at least the beginning of summer and I remember that it was greenlit when it was originally available.
 
2012-08-28 11:59:46 AM  
if this actually turns into something real then...well, there's a new battletech online game that's coming out soon....
 
2012-08-28 12:55:55 PM  
i'll ask the same question i ask before buying any computer peripheral: is there an easy way to ensure that it is turned off when i'm about to masturbate?
 
2012-08-28 12:59:38 PM  
This clearly violates Apple's patent on the idea of moving things with appendage gestures.
 
2012-08-28 01:00:51 PM  

thomps: i'll ask the same question i ask before buying any computer peripheral: is there an easy way to ensure that it is turned off when i'm about to masturbate?


Should think that you want it turned ON. ;)
 
2012-08-28 01:07:12 PM  
@ 0:22: pinch-to-zoom patent violation.

Wish I was joking. Actually, is it not a violation strictly speaking, because instead of "on a multi-touch display" it's "in the air". In which case, this guy should just roll through all of Apple's silly patents and make the same change. He could just patent "bounce-back...when using an air gesture interface!". It wouldn't be any worse than what Apple has pulled (e.g. "icon grid arrangement...ON A PHONE!"), and would be amusing to see them get a taste....
 
2012-08-28 01:07:48 PM  

gopher321: thomps: i'll ask the same question i ask before buying any computer peripheral: is there an easy way to ensure that it is turned off when i'm about to masturbate?

Should think that you want it turned ON. ;)


let's agree from now on not to wink at each-other when discussing my masturbation
 
2012-08-28 01:09:03 PM  
Is it real or is it just a mock-up?

I ask because it's really easy to market something that has vaguely Apple-ish lines right now. As far as I can tell it's blackbox tech, with no proof that it's a real product. That little video? Could be mashed up to look like the hands were controlling the screen.

/I also don't believe things politicians or priests claim.
//Skeptic bordering on cynic.
 
2012-08-28 01:15:29 PM  
That's pretty cool. I like the FPS demonstration in the middle of the video. But let's face it, there's no way anyone is playing any game for an extended period like that.
 
2012-08-28 01:22:48 PM  
Gorilla Arm.
 
2012-08-28 01:29:42 PM  
I wonder if you could combine this with Google Glass....
 
2012-08-28 01:31:44 PM  

wildcardjack: Is it real or is it just a mock-up?

I ask because it's really easy to market something that has vaguely Apple-ish lines right now. As far as I can tell it's blackbox tech, with no proof that it's a real product. That little video? Could be mashed up to look like the hands were controlling the screen.

/I also don't believe things politicians or priests claim.
//Skeptic bordering on cynic.


There are half a dozen or more videos of hands-on tests by news and gadget reporters. It's legit. I preordered one months ago.
 
2012-08-28 01:33:50 PM  
I wonder if there's a way to use this as a substitute for a drawing tablet (Cintiq). We stood a lot in drawing classes with easels in front of you, a monitor with photoshop/manga studio on it might work as well. (The lack of resistance may be a bit disorienting).
 
2012-08-28 01:36:23 PM  
Sorry, Apple patent on having a screen.
 
2012-08-28 01:44:44 PM  

MoronLessOff: That's pretty cool. I like the FPS demonstration in the middle of the video. But let's face it, there's no way anyone is playing any game for an extended period like that.


I tried playing Metroid Prime Trilogy for the Wii, and my arm would get tired after 2 hours or so.
 
2012-08-28 01:51:44 PM  

Doogled: MoronLessOff: That's pretty cool. I like the FPS demonstration in the middle of the video. But let's face it, there's no way anyone is playing any game for an extended period like that.

I tried playing Metroid Prime Trilogy for the Wii, and my arm would get tired after 2 hours or so.


Yea, I played Destroy All Humans for all of 5 minutes before I took it back.
 
2012-08-28 01:51:48 PM  
hey, this concept sounds familiar...

www.thestrong.org

/yeah, I had one
//it sucked
 
2012-08-28 01:54:44 PM  
Beta'd one... even with HD porn I was pinching air and my screen looked like I was holding F11
 
2012-08-28 02:02:42 PM  
Ordered one when this first went green, still waiting....
 
2012-08-28 02:06:13 PM  

Weaver95: if this actually turns into something real then...well, there's a new battletech online game that's coming out soon....


Its in closed beta now, although you can pay for access. Assuming you mean MWO and now MW:Tactics
 
2012-08-28 02:08:07 PM  
What kind of processing power does this biatch need to work like that I wonder . . .
 
2012-08-28 02:22:33 PM  

thomps: i'll ask the same question i ask before buying any computer peripheral: is there an easy way to ensure that it is turned off when i'm about to masturbate?


You do that on top of your desk? Isn't that uncomfortable?
 
2012-08-28 02:24:38 PM  

PsyLord: thomps: i'll ask the same question i ask before buying any computer peripheral: is there an easy way to ensure that it is turned off when i'm about to masturbate?

You do that on top of your desk? Isn't that uncomfortable?


not my desk, no.
 
2012-08-28 02:25:21 PM  
From the pre-order site:

We are estimating that the Leap will ship in February 2013.
 
2012-08-28 02:32:30 PM  
While that is farking cool, it just seems so gimmicky - especially if it's marketed to consumers. Yeah, I can scroll by moving my hand down in front of my screen. Or I can just use the scroll wheel that sits under my middle finger.

Now, I can see this being useful for doctors or mechanics or whomever may have their hands otherwise occupied while performing tasks.
 
2012-08-28 02:34:42 PM  
I may wait until someone develops a suite that connects this with voice commands.
 
2012-08-28 02:54:24 PM  

Weaver95: if this actually turns into something real then...well, there's a new battletech online game that's coming out soon....


Wait. What?
WHEN.
 
2012-08-28 02:55:03 PM  
But can it be used on a real computer?
 
2012-08-28 02:55:11 PM  
Can it pause the video and alt-tab to a spreadsheet when I stop fapping and pull up my pants real quick?

/sold!
 
2012-08-28 02:59:23 PM  
Wetards gonna be Wetards..

When it matches the productivity of a KB+Mouse without butchering the UI.. .call me.. 'cause it means you've finally figured out how to plug my brain into the IO...

Everything else is playing at silly buggers... :/
 
2012-08-28 03:17:36 PM  

Nexzus: While that is farking cool, it just seems so gimmicky - especially if it's marketed to consumers. Yeah, I can scroll by moving my hand down in front of my screen. Or I can just use the scroll wheel that sits under my middle finger.

Now, I can see this being useful for doctors or mechanics or whomever may have their hands otherwise occupied while performing tasks.


Yea Home Consumers would never have their hands otherwise occupied while they are surfing.
 
2012-08-28 04:10:46 PM  

stratagos: Weaver95: if this actually turns into something real then...well, there's a new battletech online game that's coming out soon....

Its in closed beta now, although you can pay for access. Assuming you mean MWO and now MW:Tactics


I don't remember Battletech books ever describing a system like this
 
2012-08-28 04:29:54 PM  

Weaver95: if this actually turns into something real then...well, there's a new battletech online game that's coming out soon....


Mechwarrior online... Yep.

Also, I want one of these.
 
2012-08-28 04:31:35 PM  

nulluspixiusdemonica: Wetards gonna be Wetards..

When it matches the productivity of a KB+Mouse without butchering the UI.. .call me.. 'cause it means you've finally figured out how to plug my brain into the IO...

Everything else is playing at silly buggers... :/


Not everything is about productivity. Sometimes, it just looks frickin' sweet.

/would never use magical floating air windows for anything serious without a keyboard
 
2012-08-28 05:13:33 PM  
If I could use it to control Netflix / Hulu / VLC (either by making my finger a mouse pointer or by gestures) then it would be great for my computer/tv setup (I have wireless mouse and keyboard that tend to sit on the coffee table but something more lazy would be awesome).
 
2012-08-28 05:16:24 PM  

Rockstone: stratagos: Weaver95: if this actually turns into something real then...well, there's a new battletech online game that's coming out soon....

Its in closed beta now, although you can pay for access. Assuming you mean MWO and now MW:Tactics

I don't remember Battletech books ever describing a system like this


It would be less than ideal in a thundering 100 ton mech that is constantly shaking even when it isn't getting hammered by incoming PPC blasts
 
2012-08-28 05:23:27 PM  
Something like this would be a fantastic human interface for systems in messy environments like kitchens, operating/emergency rooms, etc..

I could totally seeing air-swiping through some recipes on a cabinet or wall mounted tablet/screen with one of these.
 
2012-08-28 05:39:39 PM  

SacriliciousBeerSwiller: @ 0:22: pinch-to-zoom patent violation.

Wish I was joking. Actually, is it not a violation strictly speaking, because instead of "on a multi-touch display" it's "in the air". In which case, this guy should just roll through all of Apple's silly patents and make the same change. He could just patent "bounce-back...when using an air gesture interface!". It wouldn't be any worse than what Apple has pulled (e.g. "icon grid arrangement...ON A PHONE!"), and would be amusing to see them get a taste....


I keep wondering when Xerox is going to sue Apple and Microsoft for ripping off all of their GUI ideas from years ago. Maybe they didn't patent anything?
 
2012-08-28 05:44:29 PM  
could be useful in public places just like home no keyboard to clean !!!
 
2012-08-28 05:52:35 PM  
I look forward to the day where I'll need to clean my desk of all the clutter so I can make kung-fu moves, broad sweeping gestures, assume the Lotus position and follow up with full-body lunges to check my E-mail. I think I'll just use my hand to write a letter and put it in the mail box.
 
2012-08-28 06:47:32 PM  
Man.. combine this with the occulus rift, and you too can look like a crackhead waving your arms at the devil.
 
2012-08-28 06:49:43 PM  
25.media.tumblr.com
 
2012-08-28 06:59:53 PM  
A thread that mentions battletech online that doesn't mention MPBT?

/kids these days ....
 
2012-08-28 07:22:26 PM  
...so it's a Kinect, except the IR lasers point upward, instead of at your face?
 
2012-08-28 08:05:01 PM  
This looks much more useful for a computer/TV interface than voice recognition.

Too bad it's just vaporware...
 
2012-08-28 08:08:44 PM  

wildcardjack: Is it real or is it just a mock-up?

I ask because it's really easy to market something that has vaguely Apple-ish lines right now. As far as I can tell it's blackbox tech, with no proof that it's a real product. That little video? Could be mashed up to look like the hands were controlling the screen.

/I also don't believe things politicians or priests claim.
//Skeptic bordering on cynic.


Yeah, it's real. I've played with it.
 
2012-08-28 08:12:51 PM  

Nexzus: While that is farking cool, it just seems so gimmicky - especially if it's marketed to consumers. Yeah, I can scroll by moving my hand down in front of my screen. Or I can just use the scroll wheel that sits under my middle finger.

Now, I can see this being useful for doctors or mechanics or whomever may have their hands otherwise occupied while performing tasks.


I agree. As I said, I've seen it at the company and played with it, but I disagree with the company's belief that it's going to "replace keyboard and mouse." Not gonna happen, gorilla arm says hi, and the mouse is pretty damn good for 2D interaction, which is 99.99% of everything we do with a computer.

But for 3D applications, as in visualization, modeling, maybe 3D gaming, it could be really great. The big question is the quality of the drivers they'll deliver, and how well those will drop into existing software infrastructure. Here's the video of another existing technology that would immensely benefit from this:

Creating a Buckyball using NCK
 
2012-08-28 08:15:28 PM  

poot_rootbeer: ...so it's a Kinect, except the IR lasers point upward, instead of at your face?


They don't say exactly, but yeah, that's pretty much what it is. But it's significantly more precise and higher resolution than a Kinect. I have a bit of experience with the Kinect, and I've played with this here in person.
 
2012-08-28 08:25:34 PM  

Weaver95: if this actually turns into something real then...well, there's a new battletech online game that's coming out soon....


The hardware is real alright, it's more the software infrastructure that's lacking. When I visited them they told me they'd ship "in a few weeks," and that was three months ago. Glad to hear that they pushed back the release date until 02/2013. If they push this to market without software that makes proper use of it, it's going to fly like a lead balloon.

I'm sitting pretty, because I have software that can make proper use of it, so if everything fails, I'll gladly buy their overstock. :)
 
2012-08-28 08:26:16 PM  
I just noticed I'm bombing a dead thread, but hey, this is relevant to my interests, as they say.
 
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