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Computer Control at Your Fingertips…Literally

Think of the evolution of the mouse & keyboard. First there was the lack of mouse and the directional keys on a keyboard attached to the PC. Then this crazy little thing with the clicks came along – albeit corded. Keyboards too became corded. Then the mouse and keyboard lost their tail and went wireless. Somewhere in there the track pad came on the scene. What’s next? Your finger. And it looks like early 2013 will make it a reality.
Welcome to the Leap, launching in early 2013 for just $69.99. This nifty gadget will revolutionize how you navigate your PC or laptop. Simply plug in the cell phone sized device into a USB port. Using Leap Motion Technology the device creates a 3D interaction space around your computer. It distinguishes thumbs from fingers from hands and uses your motion to maneuver around. Swipe to change pages (remember Tom Cruise in Minority Report?). Or accurately game. Point a pen to sign a document. Zoom-in or zoom-out by pinching. Check the video below to see the Leap in action. How accurate can it be you may ask? It tracks motion down to 1/100th of a millimeter. You will even be able to create custom motions for some of your most used functions. The Leap is compatible with Windows 7 and 8 and Mac OS X and Linux is in development. Pre-orders are being taken now, so cruise over to www.leapmotion.com to get your order in for delivery in just a few months.
Thanks: TechOD