You know what’s possibly more interesting than a new portable telephone with a faster processor and better camera? Laptops that can detect motion right out of the box.
We’ve been following Leap Motion’s progress for a while now, even though we’re a digital music blog, because it lets people control software music players by waving a hand in the air (this already works with Spotify), and also has lots of potential for DJing and playing instruments in thin air.
The Leap Motion gesture controller, which makes Microsoft Kinect look slow and non-reactive by comparison (because Leap takes way more photos per second), has been out for a little while now, but it won’t have a chance to go mainstream unless it starts showing up in laptops as a default. And lo and behold, that is exactly what’s happening, as reported by our friends at The Verge and Gizmodo.
Here it is, the first laptop — or dare we say “leaptop” — to come with Leap Motion’s gesture recognition strip: The HP Envy 17 Leap Motion Special Edition:
However, before you get all excited about one of these Leap Motion strips appearing in your next smartphone, consider that it takes lots of power to take 200 photos each and every second, so until battery technology improves or someone comes up with another idea, this is likely to remain a laptop thing.