December 2012 Will Forever Change How You Use Your Computer, Phone… And More!
Do you remember seeing the “pinch and zoom” feature on your Smartphone for the first time?
You know what I’m talking about. It’s the thing that helps you look up an address, directions or a satellite view from your phone.
Then with two fingers, zoom in so close that…if you want to…you can see whether or not your friend is home with a look at the driveway.
What if I told you that a new technology was about to come out that makes the “pinch and zoom” feature small potatoes?
And not only that: It will change the way you interact with a myriad of devices besides smartphones, tablets and computers…
It could even mean that you never have to use a mouse, track pad, or keyboard ever again.
And it’s coming December 2012.
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For the sake of comparison, consider the big splash that the little “pinch and zoom” feature made.
Before the release of the first iPhone, Apple Inc. quietly acquired the company that designed it.
It’s been in every iPhone and iPad ever since.
The signature feature also wielded a ton of leverage in the recent patent infringement case against Samsung…awarding Apple — so far — $1 billion.
And the court victory translates as newly marked territory in what, according to Bloomberg, is a $219.1 billion smartphone market.
That’s not to mention the growing tablet market.
So you can see why big companies with a lot of resources acquire smaller companies with disruptive innovations, along with the rights to those new technologies.
If they don’t innovate, they’re bound to face consequences from the competition.
But most importantly, it doesn’t just pay off for Apple to buy little companies that invent new ideas like “pinch and zoom.”
It’s a sweet deal for the investors in the little companies who get bought out. Those are the kinds of investing opportunities we’re interested in at Penny Sleuth.
But back to this new technology…what is it exactly?
It’s a gesture control system called Leap Motion.
The little thing is the size of a USB drive, and it costs just 70 bucks.
Experts say, however, that it could be made about the size of a dime. Therefore, it won’t be long before it’s built inside devices.
As with any type of disruptive technology, if you’re going to market it well, you need the right leadership.
And Leap Motion is on the right path: Among the all-star investors behind this new tech is new President and COO Andy Miller, a former partner at the venture capital firm Highland Capital Partners and former Apple vice president of mobile advertising. He’s already gotten $12.75 million in first-round investment for Leap Motion.
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Like the “pinch and zoom,” the user experience is intuitive…a natural thing that doesn’t require an instruction manual.
But it’s many times more efficient, picking up gestures on its display to the hundredth millimeter. This is thanks to the mathematicians who crunched out complex algorithms in order to finely tune its precision and accuracy.
Forget Window’s PointGrab or the Xbox Kinect. They work in two dimensions, and users have experienced angle and distance restrictions.
The Leap Motion operates in three dimensions. It’s also more powerful, more accurate, smaller, cheaper and all-around more impressive than those other products.
And although it might sound trivial (it’s not), there’s no need for unsightly smudges on your screen.
The Leap makes it so that you can operate as you normally would. All of your gestures are picked up automatically by camera sensors and mapped in 3-D onto your display screen.
It can differentiate between a pen and your fingers (all 10 of them individually).
Since they’ve released a demo (found at the bottom of this article), the response by designers has been overwhelming. This means that app stores will make Leap Motion a must-have. And as I said before, the applications are more versatile…in fact, this technology’s disruptive capabilities are practically unlimited…
Here are some of the numbers:
Just in the first week that Leap Motion was unveiled, there were 15,000 requests for software developer kits.
Submissions came from developers representing 143 countries.
Fifteen hundred were eager university researchers or students.
In less than two months, there were 26,000 requests to use the gesture-control technology to drive cars, fly planes and interpret sign language in real-time. There’s an interest from industries like gaming, surgery, architecture, engineering, design and more.
According to CNET News:
“14% of developers proposed gaming-related applications, with 12% wanting to use Leap in conjunction with music and video, 11% seeing it as ideal for art and design, 8% for science and medicine and 6% for robotics. At launch, the company said it will build an Apple-style app store, and more than 90% of those asking for SDKs want to sell their work through such a store.”
The catch is that Leap is a private company right now, so there’s no easy way to invest with them at the moment. But we’re keeping a very close eye on any opportunities and will alert you to them as soon as they arise.
There is however, a similar opportunity that you can invest in, but I’ll have to cover that on Tuesday (Monday is Labor Day).
In the meantime, check out this awesome demo of Leap Motion.
Editor, Agora Financial
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