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terça-feira, 22 de maio de 2012

Touching in 3D, meet the LEAP

Minority Report? Kinect's older brother? Evil sorcery? Alien technology gained through a dubious partnership? The final signal that 2012 is indeed the end of the world? Take a look at the video and you will understand.

Unless in reality it doesn't work how the video shows, with no doubts we can say that the time of new interfaces has come, since the price for this little toy is 70 dollars (or 69,99 if you insist), and the creators talk about partnerships with other companies that produce tablets, smartphones, notebooks and videogames.

The version of the video can be pre-ordered now and is expected to ship between this December 2012 and January 2013.

And before someone come up saying it does the same thing that Kinect already does, there is a big difference in these two technologies, that can be simplified in two things. The first one is the definition of the image that is captured, what allows in this case do see finger movement clearly, what Kinect is unable to do at its current form. The second is the response time, one of the biggest problems developers have when creating a game to use Kinect.

It is important to remember, however, the technology Microsoft uses now in Kinect has all this limitations because it is already old and the web is filled with rumors about the Xbox 360 successor which will include a entire new version of Kinect, all set to reach us probably in December 2013.

In one way or another, the door is open. If you were happy to know how to play around with touch interfaces, prepare yourself to learn everything again, now in 3D.

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To know more about the LEAP
To know more about Kinect