My son (B.J.), a software engineer, sent me the link to this website, with the words "Watch the video. Pretty amazing." So, I pass it on for you to watch as well.
Watch the Leap Motion video. It was first introduced or released just one week ago (5/20/2012).
Via the small iPod-sized box, your pointing finger is turned into an interactive mouse. Yet, the company claims the interaction is "more accurate than a mouse, as reliable as a keyboard and more sensitive than a touchscreen"....200 times more sensitive! Plus, you can gain control of screen interactions in three dimensions, via its creation of 6 cubic feet of "interaction space." Plus, multiple Leap Motiond evices can be networked to create even larger interaction spaces.
David Holz, co-founder of Leap Motion, was working on a PhD in mathematics at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. His inspiration for Leap Motion was driven by frustration with computer 3-D modeling..."something that took 10 seconds in real life would take 30 minutes with a computer. Molding virtual clay with a computer should be as easy as molding clay in the real world...." And now, four years after leaving graduate work, David succeeded in creating Leap Motion.
Mathematics underlies a patented 3-D interaction process that involves touch-free motion sensing and motion control software. Plus, note how small the device is, yet can decipher finger/hand movements in all reasonable directions/heights.
The cost...a mere $70!
Thinks of the options for:
Just think...imagine...and watch the video again...AND IMAGINE!
- Exploring properties of 3-D figures in a geometry course
- Exploring graphical relationships in an algebra class
- Exploring conic sections in a pre-calculus class
- Exploring volumes of revolution or in a calculus class...or multivariate integration
- Exploring vector spaces in a linear algebra class