A $70 gizmo from Leap Motion could change the way we interact with computers - and eventually, lots of other things, too.
Leap Motion has already received preorders worth tens of millions of dollars, says Andy Miller, the company’s president and COO. (...)
Because Leap Motion has big plans. Laptops and desktops are just the start. “The consumer is side a way of getting it out there, but the bigger business might be licensing deals,” Miller says. “We have been contacted by thousands of businesses that want to use this.”
He reels off potential applications that range from robotic surgery to fighter jets, from semiconductor clean rooms to fast-food restaurant kitchens. “We’ve talked about seatback screens on planes,” he says. “Climate control systems. Set-top boxes and TVs and remote controls. Tablets. MRIs.”
McDonald’s and Jack in the Box like the idea of putting Leap Motion controllers in their kitchens so that workers can manipulate screens without having to touch them.
Others want to use Leap Motion in casinos, nightclubs and DJ booths to let people control huge video boards.
“This is a big thing that really could change the way we interact with devices,” Miller says.
Dan Lyons / read write
24 Dec 2012