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A convenient replacement of mouse moves with hand waves

computer technologyEngineer Douglas Engelbart of the Stanford Research Institute is credited with inventing the computer mouse. That was way back in 1963; 50 years ago. The fundamental principal Engineer Douglas Engelbart applied was to direct or rather indicate a particular point of interest then click to execute a command. Up to now this basic principle has not changed .the recent technologies for instance the touch screens work on the same rule of indicate-and- act or rather conduct. When Engineer Douglas Engelbart came up with the invention of the mouse, he had it in mind that it would be a possibility out of the many that would be available. The sole reason why the mouse has this far without being surpassed by other substitute technologies is because of its ability to precisely point at a particular intended point and its speed in operation. It is very convenient especially when the work involves a lot of picking of details. However, there are other applications and situations that do not need a mouse, so to say. There are new frontiers in human-computer interactions that are coming up that can perform this.

In San Francisco, a company named Leap Motion ventured in work that resulted in a re-invention of reciprocal action between computers and humans. The Leap is the name given to the device that was made. The device is three inches in length and captures movements thus enabling users to have control over computers and to skillfully manage objects displaying on computer screens by use of simple finger waves.

The Leap is usually in connection to any computer operated on Windows or Mac OS X. The device makes use of infrared LED technology and sensors that have a camera of 1.3-megapixel capability. This device can continuously check motion in a field of 8 cubic metres. The device software operates usual-practice algorithms to change in to different form what it captures into the user hand’s 3-D map. There is very little limitation of what magnitude the device can see as it can detect movements as minute as of a hundredth of a millimeter magnitude. The one special thing about the Leap device is that it is more precise to the point of 0.01 mm. The hand waves therefore do not need to be waved around in big gesturing arcs as very simple movements like a small gesture by the tip of the figure will be tracked.Manufacturers of laptops and tablets can comfortably integrate the Leap device into existing systems on these devices since the Leap is very small in size.

Moreover, the Leap device will be able to phase out existing technologies in onscreen navigations .Plans are underway for Leap manufacturer to hand out the initial round of the devices to developers of Softwares of different specializations. These will include: Graphic designers and games designers among others. Thereafter, the Leap manufacture will launch a set-apart application store. Some software developers have so far placed suggestions for applications for managing orchestras, translation of sign language into text messages and sculpting virtual clay.