Ooh, interesting. Mere days ahead of CES, Asus has announced that it’s going to add motion control technology to some of its upcoming PCs. The company has partnered with Leap Motion, the same San Francisco start-up that unveiled a $70, ultra-precise motion controller in May of last year.
Leap Motion’s controller will be bundled with Asus’ "premium" all-in-one PCs and high-end notebooks based on Intel’s next-gen Haswell processors. The controller can purportedly "track movements to 1/100th millimeter . . . with no visible lag time." It features a "150-degree field of view" and keeps track of "individual hands and all 10 fingers at 290 frames per second." The demo video Leap Motion posted last year certainly looked promising:
It’s easy to see the advantage for tasks like scrolling, panning, and zooming. I’m not sure how well the technology works in practice for more subtle interactions, since your fingers aren’t directly touching the objects they’re meant to control. Still, the technology looks worlds more precise than something like Microsoft’s Kinect, and waving your hand in front of the screen is probably less tiresome than manually poking and prodding at a glass surface—and leaving greasy smudges. I wouldn’t be surprised if those upcoming Asus machines combined the Leap Motion tech with conventional touch screens, though, so users can get the best of both worlds.