We can look forward to seeing Leap Motion-powered gesture control on tablets starting in late 2014. Right now, Leap makes a sensor that lets you use hand gestures to control your PC or Mac without touching anything. However, CEO Michael Buckwald says that tablets shipping with Leap Motion gesture controls should arrive later next year, according to Pocket-lint:
Talking in London on Tuesday, Michael Buckwald, CEO and co-founder of Leap Motion, said devices could be appearing in Q3 or Q4 of 2014, bringing with them the ability to control various apps without having to touch the display.
No hardware partners have been announced yet, so we don't know at this time who will be making tablets with Leap Motion in them. It also appears that smartphones will also start coming with Leap Motion built in, though they won't be the first phones to utilize gesture controls. The Samsung Galaxy S4 shipped earlier this year with some basic controls, like moving your hand from side to side to page through browser tabs. It's highly unlikely, however, that we'll see an Apple product with gesture control for a while. Apple would want to find a real, practical application for the technology. Still, it might be interesting to see what Apple would do with 3D gestures in the iPad, iPhone, or both.
Would you want to see an iPad or iPhone with integrated gesture controls?