Move Over Kinect: Leap’s Motion Control Device Could Be A Game Changer

 

 

After touchscreens, gesture controlled screens is where we seem to be heading with different companies using webcams and Microsoft Kinect to ensure that the next generation laptop and computers don’t need a mouse to function. With so many devices and prototypes out there, this has to be the one that not only promises what it delivers, but could provide a viable alternative to mouse controls with its accuracy and affordability.
Leap Motion is a gesture control device that prides itself with its accuracy. Able to distinguish thumbs from fingers and handheld items like pencils, the device is able to sense specific movements so instead of having to flail your arm wildly to pick up movement, it will be able to pick up specific movements so even subtle movements are picked up. Users will also be able to create custom gestures. The development team, LEAP Motion, describe the product:

 “Leap represents an entirely new way to interact with your computers. It’s more accurate than a mouse, as reliable as a keyboard and more sensitive than a touchscreen. For the first time, you can control a computer in three dimensions with your natural hand and finger movements.

This isn’t a game system that roughly maps your hand movements. The Leap technology is 200 times more accurate than anything else on the market — at any price point. Just about the size of a flash drive, the Leap can distinguish your individual fingers and track your movements down to a 1/100th of a millimeter.”

Imagine typing away on your keyboard and only having to hover your fingers above it to select or highlight something on screen. Leap Motion offer a number of scenarios where the technology could be used such as design and gaming. The tech demo (found below) looks impressive and will be retailing at $69.99 when it’s made available. A limited number are available to pre-order for the device’s first shipment this winter.

Internet Week @NYC, Facebook, Pete Cashmore and John Battelle

After having a busy week in NYC, I just found some time to wrote about  the last trending events and sessions from Internet Week. My first impression sounds a bit disappointing. It was my first time to attend IWNY so I was expecting a bit more international event and participants. It was more local and the companies which exhibited were more based in USA. Keynote sessions were quite attaractive when I compare with panel sessions. Since the venue was not quite available for panel sessions during the exhibition, the participants had difficulty to hear and concentrate to the session.

 

I tried to join most of the sessions and some of them were quite tutorial such as ‘ How to measure content? How to go viral, video sharing and so on. For sure, none of them ( panel speakers) didnt give us any magic formula or tips which lead us to success on internet. What I wanted to share was more about the future of the Internet. I was quite impressed by John Battelle’s ( battellemedia.com)  keynote with IWNY managing director. He directly said that, Facebook is not the future of Internet. He claimed that future of internet shouldnt be driven by platforms, must be driven by consumers. Consumers should have right to choose whatever they would  like to see in their wall ( social ads, display ads..etc) On the other hand, he also claimed that, companies are no longer interested with Facebook ads. Most of the companies think that it doesnt bring ROI and they cant reach their targeted consumers on Facebook. The new generation do not prefer to see social ads on their wall. They would like to have everything for free. So, this sound a new risk for Facebook revenues.

Consequently, with the high drop of Facebook shares after second day on New York Stock Exchange, it is clear that Facebook will dominate and lead social networking sites with the number of 900 million users. The question is how Facebook marketing will help companies to grow more together? Lets see together..Stay tuned!

 

How Tech Is Changing College Life [INFOGRAPHIC]

College students today are more tech savvy than ever before. Just how important is technology to their academic lives?

More than 90% use email to communicate with professors and 73% say they cannot study without technology. Seven in 10 take notes on keyboards instead of paper, virtually all students who own an ereader read textbooks on it and most use digital tools when preparing a presentation.

All that tech has caused something of a dependency too — 38% of students can’t go more than 10 minutes without checking their smartphone or other device. All told, students spent $13 billion on electronics in 2009.

Community college students are less digitally connected than students at four-year schools, but more and more people are making the Internet their education gateway. Twelve million students take at least one class online today — in five years, that number is projected to exceed 22 million. By 2014, analysts say, more than 3.5 million students will take all of their classes online.

 

 

Facebook Like Can Get You Fired!

Your First Amendment rights are probably the last thing you think about when you click the Like button on Facebook.

But just in case you were wondering, that innocent little blue thumbs-up logo is not constitutionally protected free speech. At least, not according to a district court judge in Virginia, who was the first to decide such a question in federal court.

The case before Judge Raymond Jackson was this: a local sheriff had fired six of his employees, some because their actions “hindered the harmony and efficiency of the office,” according to the New York Times. One of those employees, it turned out, had clicked the Like button on the page of the sheriff’s political opponent.

That may sound like a firing offense. But here’s the tricky part — not if the Like button counts as free speech. Public employees in Virginia are free to speak out on political matters, even if that means supporting the guy who wants to replace your boss.

Internet Week New York 2012

I will be joining Internet Week. Now in its fifth year, Internet Week New York is a festival that celebrates digital culture and is a showcase for New York City’s thriving technology industry. Internet Week New York 2012 takes place May 14-21, 2012 and passes to the event are available now.
Internet Week New York 2012 is expected to bring more than 45,000 people from around the world to nearly 250 events at the festival’s new 50,000 square foot, two-story Soho headquarters at 82 Mercer and dozens of locations throughout the city, including such hot-ticket favorites as The Webby Awards hosted by Patton Oswalt, The Webutante Ball, Girls Who Rock, and Time Inc.’s “10 NYC Startups To Watch“.