Monthly Archives: February 2013
With the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) all wrapped up for another year its time at look at another industry technology showcase – South By South West Interactive (SXSW for short) for future technologies.
One company that has caught my eye is offering a product that just might change the way you and I interact with our computers. Reminiscent of technology shown in the movie, The Minority Report, which allowed actors to control their computer with simple hand motions, LEAP MOTION, Inc. has developed a gadget that will allow you to do that yourself.
The possibilities are endless really. Art, Healthcare, Engineering, Gaming – pretty much any application can work with the technology and LEAP is shipping over 10,000 controllers to developers across the globe so they can develop apps for the LEAP apps store
You might expect this level of technology to set you back a pretty penny. You can pre-order your LEAP MOTION controller for only $69.99 – priced at less than a decent wireless keyboard and mouse combination. Just plug it into an open USB port, install the software, do a quick wave to calibrate and off you go.
Raise your hands and wave hello to the future. The controller senses your individual hand and finger movements so you can interact directly with your computer. The device gives you 8 cubic feet of intuitive, 3D interaction space. Tom Cruise has nothing on you! LEAP works with MAC’s and PC’s
According to LEAP they will be filling pre-orders of over 140,000 units. Looks like this technology might catch on.
Take a look at the video to see many ways to use this technology right out of the box.
Additional information from InfoWorld:
FCC proposes free national Wi-Fi network for public use
The Federal Communications Commission has proposed the creation of “super Wi-Fi” networks across the US. The networks, in theory would be powerful enough to allow people to access the Internet through them without needing separate coverage via a wireless carrier, has seen a number of parties within the wireless industry lobbying against such a proposal.
The collection of Wi-Fi networks would be more powerful than existing networks, with the signal being strong enough to penetrate concrete walls and cover an extremely large area, according to the Washington Post. The proposal suggests a number of such networks could spread across a metropolitan area or with careful placement, a wide rural area. It is also suggested that such networks would extend from the free Internet access to offer other, non-standard applications, such as inter-vehicle communications between driverless cars.
FCC proposal rattles the $178 billion wireless industry.
While both Microsoft and Google are fine with such a proposal going ahead, Internet service providers and cellular networks are not. AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon, Intel, and Qualcomm have all asked for the FCC to focus on selling spectrum for businesses to use, as opposed to using it itself. As well as the issue of potential interference with TV signals, existing radio networks, and equipment, it would take business away from the usual communications companies.
Despite the possibility of a large number of people using the network for free Internet access and calls, analysts suggest that there would still be a place for traditional telecom companies. The spectrum bandwidth offered by network providers far outweighs the amount in the proposal, making the free national Wi-Fi proposal ideal for low-bandwidth applications and infrequent Internet users, while those needing a better connection will still turn towards private companies for a higher level of service.
If fully approved by the FCC, such a plan for national Wi-Fi would take considerable time to put into motion, even without lobbying from critics.
The FCC has previously proposed opening up additional wireless spectrum, currently used by the military, for Wi-Fi use. The opening up of 195MHz in the 5GHz band would allow for lower rates of congestion in dense Wi-Fi environments, something usually found in apartment buildings. It has also challenged Internet providers to create a gigabit Internet community, similar to Google Fiber, in each of the 50 states by 2015.