After many false starts we are finally on the cusp of touch becoming a standard form of interaction across all computing devices, but what’s next?
We’ve been given a taste of things to come with Kinect, the Wii and even in Minority Report (way back in 2002!) but, while the current devices are innovative, they are inarguably clunky. But new prototype devices now show us that these technologies are tantalisingly close to being ready for prime-time use.
The accuracy and responsiveness of that device is really exciting but the fact that it’s so portable and costs just $70 is amazing. There are similar technologies in development, but I’ve not seen any that seem as fluid and natural to use.
Personally, I can’t wait to be interacting with devices in this way and especially to be developing apps which exploit the technology. It really will open up a whole new world of user experience for us to take advantage of.
Further details on the Leap device are given in this article from The Verge.