Leap Motion Brings ‘Minority Report’ Style Gesture Technology to Life
If you frequent the TopCoder Blog than you know that about once every few months we see something “new” and pump our fists (in a happy fist-pumping manner) because the new advancement reminds us ever so much of a cool technology we were teased with in the action sci-fi hit Minority Report way back in 2002. Well, it’s fist-pumping time it seems. Leap Motion has created this nifty little device that allows you to completely control your screen with your fingers and hands and to do so in some really fun, clever, and downright creative ways. The device has been out for a few months now and the below video showcases how Leap Motion will work beautifully with the newest Windows OS. Worry not Mac fan-boys and fan-girls, if you visit their site you’ll see the device being demo’d on a gorgeous Mac too.
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What Would You Like to Create with Leap Motion?
We posed this question to our robust TopCoder Facebook community and our rapidly growing G+ cadre as well. And even though all we offered up were a few free t-shirts in this just for fun mental exercise, the ideas on what they would create if given the opportunity came pouring in. Here are some of the best of the best ideas we saw contributed in just over a 24 hour span.
A physical coding interface – think Scratch style tile-based coding – where the user is “grabbing” tiles and smashing them together, creating a brand new way to create code. Motiur Rahman suggested the code can even begin visually compiling and working the moment the “mash-up” takes place. Well done Motiur!
Big Data anomaly and correlation finder where large data sets can be visualized, and then actively rotated, zoomed, segregated via gestures allowing for the discovery of buried trends or previously unforeseen correlations within the data. We salute you Abhishek Nandy for this “simple” and savvy idea!
Saurabh Saha had the very nifty idea of a clothing e-rack where a user would flip through a virtual rack of clothes from a retailer and “toss” the look onto a graphical rendition of you! So instead of just seeing models wearing the “look” you can interact with the outfits and see them on your avatar. This seemed like a pretty cool e-commerce idea to us! Good stuff Saurabh.
Special thanks to all TopCoder Community members who submitted their ideas for this fun exercise.
There were scores more ideas revolving around gaming, education, surgery and other interesting topics. The neat part about this micro-exercise; it proves how powerful it can be when you introduce a new user experience. Gesture technology is coming of age and it will be incredibly exciting to watch the types of applications that blossom on top of what was once just a sci-fi pipe dream.
What does this mean for you?
For many a moon on the TopCoder Blog we have been sounding the proverbial innovation alarm. Your obsession needs to focus on value creation, and in technology the surest way to create new value is to re-envision, and perhaps even re-invent, the interface and subsequent user experience. We’ll say it again; change the user-experience, win the innovation game.
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image credit: quickmeme.com, leapmotion.com (video)