Microsoft's Kinnect has been a huge hit for Redmond, and now other companies, including Apple, are trying to play catch up. Speaking of Apple, with its vast horde of cash, if it wants to not only catch up, but to leap way past Microsoft's Kinnect first-place advantage lead, than it should consider buying Leap Motion.
Leap Motion is a tiny company that has, more-or-less, lept past everyone else when it comes to the hand gesturing field with its tiny new device called, the Leap, which Engadget describes this way:
"It's about the size of a pack of gum, and once connected to your computer via USB, it creates a four-cubic-foot virtual workspace. Within that area, it tracks all ten of your fingers simultaneously to within 1/100 of a millimeter -- that level of accuracy allows for rudimentary gestures like pinch-to-zoom and more complex actions like manipulating 3D-rendered objects."
Amazingly, this huge improvement in gesturing will only set you back a measly $69.99!
In conclusion, and as you can see in the opening video above and on Engadget's post, this is one company that I think Apple could and should most definitely gobble up before some other cash rich company, like Microsoft or Google, decides to do it, as this cool technology has the potential to help Apple blow past anything that we've seen from Microsoft thus far, and, as well, add extra features and value to Apple's already desirable products. Besides, as small as it is now, I'm sure that the Leap could be made even smaller yet and small enough to fit inside of any upcoming iTV or Mac, iPad, or what have you?
And that's my 2 cents 4 this absolutely gorgeous, and I mean gorgeous, hot and sunny Monday, May 21, 2012