The traditional remote control is dead. Nowadays the remote has become a small hand-held computer which allows you to operate much more than just switching channels and the volume. Over-the-top systems like Boxee and AppleTV have released smartphone apps to control what you’re watching and to sync with your personal media center. In gaming the Wii brought a revolution using motion as a controller and last year the Xbox Kinect allowed you to used 3D gestures to operate the screen.
And now there’s the Leap
The Leap brings a new meaning to the concept of motion control by allowing users to use complex 3D gestures to control whatever is on the screen. As a touchscreen overlay in front of you screen. For now the Leap is focusing on human-computer interaction but watch the video and imagine what it could bring to the TV set.
As the company describes The Leap:
Leap represents an entirely new way to interact with your computers. It’s more accurate than a mouse, as reliable as a keyboard and more sensitive than a touchscreen. For the first time, you can control a computer in three dimensions with your natural hand and finger movements.
Geert Faber is the founder and editorial director of ‘The End of Television as we know it’, a weblog dedicated to the latest developments and insights within the broadcasting and television industry covering various topic including Social TV, Second Screen, IPTV, Smart TV, Content Distribution, Connected TV, OTT, and VOD and the companies and business models involved. I am passionate about television,new media, marketing and especially interested in the converging of old and new media within the broadcasting industry. Read more...