ASUS partners with Leap Motion to bring gesture control to PCs

Jan 3, 2013
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ASUS partners with Leap Motion to bring gesture control to PCs

Leap Motion has been working hard the past several months to get its gesture control technology in the hands of developers. It's doing a great job so far, and it looks like all that hard work will pay off, because the company just partnered up with ASUS to bring the Kinect-like technology to the desktop.

ASUS will be bundling Leap's motion control technology with select notebooks and desktops that will ship later this year, including the company's all-in-one PCs and high-end notebooks. The Leap Motion app store will also come pre-installed on all of the qualified computers, and since ASUS will be shipping the products internationally, it will mark Leap's international debut.

If you're not sure what the heck Leap Motion does exactly, we'll give you a quick refresher. The company's motion-tracking technology has a 150-degree field of view that tracks individual hands and all 10 fingers at 290 frames per second in order to provide ultra precise motion controls. It also offers 200x more accuracy than Microsoft's Kinect, which already has its many drawbacks anyway.

Obviously, this new tech will encourage users to ditch the traditional keyboard and mouse interface in favor of a Minority Report-esque interface, but depending on how well ASUS implements the technology, we can't imagine that it'd be hard to pry keyboards and mice out of diehard fans. Prices for the motion-control-equipped computers haven't yet been discussed, but ASUS promises the new PC's will be available around the world later this year.


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