Touchscreens are so yesterday with gesture technology.

A colleague shared that they would be buying a LeapMotion controller while I saw a video demonstration of the product. This technology plugs into your computer via USB, and allows the user to control the content with only their hands (without the use of a keyboard, mouse, or touchscreen). It’s all the innovation of a touchscreen without having to actually touch the screen.

Never touch a screen again.

Never touch a screen again.

I’m sure there are plenty of problems this technology can solve. One advantage I see with this technology would be to fix what I feel may be a slight security flaw in the Windows 8 password entry feature. With Windows 8, users can draw their passwords on screen (we’ve all seen the commercials of the person drawing the circle around the daughter’s ponytail). When I saw this feature being displayed, I thought about the fact that with touchscreens, you can see the fingerprints/smudges left from use. Would it not be easy enough (for stolen devices that is) to detect smudge patterns to figure out a password? I doubt many people wipe their phone clean often.

The technology is newish (it’s on backorder now, and you place an order at LeapMotion’s website), but I’m looking forward to agencies trying to push their clients into the new frontier of “touchless” with consumers.

You can see the video demonstration can be found at LeapMotion’s website.

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So I’m not the only one who didn’t get “netbooks”.

Once upon a time, I lived with a housemate who “NEEDED” a netbook. Said roommate already had a perfectly good laptop, but needed a netbook to start and complete their novel. I wasn’t sure how smaller buttons and the absense of Windows software (this was before netbooks came with Windows, but my housemate was competent in Linux), but I assure you these words were said.

Barely enough room to type and short battery life. Perfect to type out that novel...

Barely enough room to type and short battery life. Perfect to type out that novel…

For the price of a netbook, it seemed to me that one of the following was happening in the computer field:

1) Companies had developed very simple hardware that would be able to do a finite amount of tasks.

2) People just wanted to buy cheap portable versions of their laptops (if that makes sense) and use as a throwaway computer, or to say they had the newest development in technology.

3) Both.

Apparently I wasn’t very far off in my skepticism in the netbook’s future. According to this article in Slate, the netbook was a money loser that Apple choose to stay away from. Even with out Apple’s entry into this frontier, I still have my doubts as to how the netbook would have been a viable endeavor (long term anyways) for any company, as it always seemed to be more useful for military applications in my opinion.

By the way, not sure if they ever started their novel, but I’m sure that will need Apple’s next iPad in order to complete it.