Thursday, May 24, 2012

The end of my mouse?

I admit to being a gadget geek. I have been an early adopter most of my life, giving up the fun of being a test ground only in my later years. I worked in the computer industry starting in the mid 70's when there weren't as many women on the technical side of things, that was when my love started.

So when I read this announcement about the new gesture device, Leap, I just knew it was for me. From the website:
Say goodbye to your mouse and keyboard.

Leap represents an entirely new way to interact with your computers. It’s more accurate than a mouse, as reliable as a keyboard and more sensitive than a touchscreen.  For the first time, you can control a computer in three dimensions with your natural hand and finger movements.

This isn’t a game system that roughly maps your hand movements.  The Leap technology is 200 times more accurate than anything else on the market — at any price point. Just about the size of a flash drive, the Leap can distinguish your individual fingers and track your movements down to a 1/100th of a millimeter.

This is like day one of the mouse.  Except, no one needs an instruction manual for their hands.
Now who could resist pre-ordering for only $70? Well, not me. I'll report in early next year when I test it out!


13 comments:

  1. I don't think I like that idea but then again, I hate the idea of all technology until I actually try it.

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  2. I'm a techno-wimp, so no way, Jose!

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  3. Sounds too good to be true for $70. Can't wait to hear how it is, though.

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  4. @Vero - I know! ;-)

    @M.J. - I've leaned more that way recently, but this is just too tempting.

    @Lizy - That's how I felt about my first touchphone. LOL!

    @Rick - I agree so it will be interesting. Good thing I can use it as a tax deduction. ;-)

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  5. I like keeping my hands close to the keyboard for touch typing. Therefore I still use the Lenovo laptop with the Red trackpoint. I don't even use the touchpad since I have to move my hands from the keyboard, so it's unlikely I want to wave my hands in front of the screen. I'd lose my productivity.

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  6. I've gotten so used to touchpad that I struggle to use a mouse at work. This looks very cool though, excited to see how you like it!

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  7. Sounds pretty cool and I'll be interested to hear your review. I can see it might be pretty neat for those of us who type and mouse as a combination. Just keep the hands hovered over the keyboard and point at or "pull" something from the screen. Might be the way to go when Mousie goes feet up.

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  8. I look forward to reading your review once you get it. I can't imagine how it is used but, I don't understand how my FitBit keeps track of my sleep by being strapped to my wrist either. My challenge right now is that my trackpad has the same feel as the frame surrounding it so I can't tell by touch when I am missing it.

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  9. Interesting! Can't wait to hear what you think. I just bought the Dragon Speech to text software and am tinkering with that. Technology is awesome!But... Are we getting lazy? :-)

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  10. I don't really expect this to completely replace a mouse and definitely not the keyboard, but like the idea of using the gestures for navigation. The interesting thing is opening it up to developers so no telling what will come of that. I suspect games would be the first thing.

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