LEAP Motion – The Tip of the NUI Iceberg

May 22, 2012

Founders' Blog readers may remember an article I wrote in 2009 titled 3D NUI (Natural User Interface).  The article outlines my vision of what 3D NUI could be when it grows up.  Realize, to date, our computer experience is relatively one-dimensional.  Input devices such as mice, keyboards and digitizers offer limited interaction with the computer. The monitor literally acts as a barrier to entry, disallowing the ability to reach inside and interact with an application beyond a one-dimensional plane. 

I asked the question in 2009 and I'll ask it again today – what if the dimensions of the computer extended further than the screen?  LEAP Motion just took a giant step in the direction of 3D NUI with its release of a new interface device called (drum roll…..) LEAP! 

The company describes the device as the following: "The Leap is a small iPod sized USB peripheral that creates a 3D interaction space of 8 cubic feet to precisely interact with and control software on your laptop or desktop computer. It’s like being able to reach into the computer and pull out information as easily as reaching into a cookie jar."

I disagree with the last descriptive sentence, because you're still interacting with the computer on a one dimensional plane.  BUT…BUT the company is clearly headed in the direction of 3D NUI along with the upcoming Google Glasses.  We all realize applications will play a key role in allowing users to reach beyond the surface of the screen. In the meantime, I want a LEAP; if only to keep the fingerprints off my desktop real estate.

Pre-orders $70.

Written by Robin H.

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Colton MM May 24, 2012 at 11:08 am

the 3d nui article you wrote is really interesting 


Robin May 24, 2012 at 1:00 pm

The possibilities of 3D NUI is mind boggling.


TammySwartz99 May 27, 2012 at 10:24 am

Cool, but I wonder if you can attach multiple Leaps to one large screen? I could see this working in a meeting.


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