HP to embed Leap Motion's gesture control tech in select products

By on April 16, 2013, 1:30 PM

Leap Motion has announced a partnership with HP to embed their motion-control technology into select devices. The deal has reportedly been in the works for over a year and represents a major milestone for the San Francisco-based startup that will move it closer to the masses -- HP is still the largest PC manufacturer by shipping volume, after all. For the latter the deal is also an opportunity to add something new to the mix as it continues to bleed market share and PC sales continue to dwindle accross the industry.

The press release didn't specifically mention which devices are getting the technology built-in, but before that happens HP will start selling Leap Motion bundles alongside several of its products starting in the summer. The latter is similar to another OEM bundling deal the company has in place with Asus.

In either case machines will come pre-loaded with Leap Motion’s Airspace App Store, something the company is touting as a major opportunity for the developer community to gain a large audience.

It's unclear what kind of premium HP is going to charge for devices embedded or bundled with Leap Motion’s technology. The stand alone sensor, which is slated for release in May, is currently available for pre-order for $79.99 from LeapMotion.com, BestBuy.com (for U.S. only), and Amazon.uk for United Kingdom customers.

As a refresher, Leap Motion is like a Kinect on steroids. The system creates a three-dimensional interaction space roughly eight cubic feet in size, in which it can recognize a wealth of different gestures from hand movements or other objects with surprising accuracy. The company says it’s technology is more than 200 times more accurate than Microsoft’s motion-sensing gaming accessory while costing significantly less.




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JC713 JC713 said:

I really want one of these. It just needs to be embedded and then we are talking "future". If only it wasnt that creepy lol.

John_McCarthy_3 John_McCarthy_3 said:

These people are probably dangerously close to violating Kinect's patents. Microsoft Kinect has been out since 2010 and was equipped with many of the same sensors. 3 years late, guys. But of course you probably still think you're the smartest guys in the room. HA!

Guest said:

PrimeSense made the sensor for Kinect. Microsoft provided the integration with camera and the signal processing algorithms. LeapMotion is touting their NEW algorithm, presumably different from Microsoft's algorithm for Kinect.

Guest said:

The guy who wrote this article doesn't even know what hes talking about. The leap is not like the Kinect. The leap has only 2 feet up cubic accurate depth perception.

matrix86 matrix86 said:

These people are probably dangerously close to violating Kinect's patents. Microsoft Kinect has been out since 2010 and was equipped with many of the same sensors. 3 years late, guys. But of course you probably still think you're the smartest guys in the room. HA!

A.) Leap has better and faster gesture recognition

B.) Leap has better depth perception

C.) Leap was created with the intention of being built into other devices (phones and computers)

So I'd say that even though they are 3 years late to the game, they have an edge over connect. The only thing Kinect has over leap is the distance it can register gestures, and that it can read the whole body (which is really only good for gaming...Leap is trying to aim more towards business).

So laugh all you want, there is NOTHING wrong with Leap coming in 3 years late. They were simply developers who wanted something more than what Kinect could offer. Just remember that it's still a very young product, so unless Microsoft gets off their butts, Leap will surpass the Kinect. I can't wait to see what the competition between these two companies will bring about. Or would you rather Leap just go away causing no competition which would equal no enthusiasm for making the current product better? Competition is good my friend. Even if it is late. better late than never.

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