One of the top viral videos on YouTube right now in the technology space is Leap Motion, with almost 2 million views in two days. Why has this San Francisco startup's video received so much attention? Let's disregard for a moment the hip, visual appeal of minimalistic design reminiscent of Apple and Google products, paired with trendy, relaxed background music. Leap boasts “motion control technology that is radically more powerful and also significantly less costly than existing technology” (ahem, Kinect!). What I've found most impressive is that Leap’s accuracy is so precise that it tracks movement to 1/100th of a millimeter. You’ll witness this in the video- it’s impressive!
Microsoft’s Kinect is the rival motion sensor technology used as an add-on in the Xbox 360. We actually had it at our booth during the Microsoft Dynamics Convergence trade show and it was a hit. Let’s also not forget the Wii, the first video game with wireless movement detection launched back in 2006. It uses a player hand-held device in tracking. But, the difference here with Kinect and the Wii is that they are currently solely used in gaming (although exciting news has been announced about Kinect R&D extending into retail space).
Leap Motions’ sights are set much higher since the device is used to control computer behavior. This will lead to endless opportunities that are certainly something get excited about. Have you heard or thought of any ideas that would benefit from the Leap? I'll tell you my personal favorite idea: exercise workout videos! I’m sure they’d be a hit here in Austin! It would be a great marriage between tech and health!