HP builds Leap motion controller into 17'' laptop


— 5:07 PM on September 19, 2013

I'm not one to gush over jumbo-sized notebooks, but this is kinda neat. HP has rolled Leap's motion controller into a premium 17" notebook with Haswell guts and optional Nvidia graphics. The system is coming out on October 16, and here's what it looks like:

Leap's controller isn't just good for playing 3D pong. As we noted in our previous coverage, the controller is very accurate; it can track all 10 of your fingers in an area of eight cubic feet, and it detects movements as small 0.01 mm. The Leap Airspace store features a nice collection of apps, which enable everything from Minority Report-style gesture controls to music creation to mid-air painting.

According to HP, pricing for the Envy17 Leap Motion Special Edition will start at $1,049.99 with a Haswell processor, 8GB of RAM, and a 1TB 5,400-RPM mechanical hard drive. You'll be able to throw in a second hard drive (or, presumably, an SSD) and add discrete Nvidia graphics. The press release also mentions a "17.3-inch diagonal optional full HD display," which likely means the default resolution will be less than 1080p—but you'll be able to upgrade.

HP may have some competition in the not-too-distant future, as well. Back in January, Asus said it was planning to build Leap technology into some of its high-end systems.

Update 9:29 PM: Leap's PR folks tell us that Asus won't integrate a motion controller into a laptop like HP. Rather, Asus will bundle Leap controllers with high-end notebooks and all-in-ones due out later this year.

   
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