Interface Trend: HP + Leap Motion
Hardware startup Leap Motion, which managed to sell an impressive number of pre-orders for its standalone Leap Motion Controller gesture control computer accessory, today announced that the first fruits of its OEM partnership with PC-maker HP will hit shelves this Fall. The HP ENVY17 Leap Motion SE is the first shipping computer to build the startup’s tech directly in, and features a new embedded Leap Motion sensor that dramatically reduces size vs. previous embedded designs.
The standalone Leap Motion Controller may have sold in considerable numbers via pre-orders, but reviews for the device were less than enthusiastic. The company isn’t focused on replacing keyboard and mouse, but on providing another input method option that will be better suited to software specifically designed for its use. HP will bundle the ENVY17 Leap Motion SE with Airspace, Leap Motion’s app store software, as well as select pre-installed applications exclusive to the computer maker.
We think it is a great start to a change in personal computing interfaces which will be more immersive and portable at the same time. Also interesting will be a plethora of applications that will be developed in the near future which makes the utmost use of this technology.