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Why motion control is the next big thing

Forget keyboards and touchscreens; gestures and hand signals are taking over our world. Whether it’s the full body motion control of Microsoft’s Kinect, or the simple command to ask Siri a question just by lifting your iPhone, our tech is getting more clever at working out what we want to do or find out.

Motion control is all ready big news on Kinect

Take Samsung’s extremely successful Galaxy smartphones. There’s no mute button on a Galaxy SII, because to switch it to silent mode all you need to do is turn it over.

Or there’s the hundreds of driving games for Android and Apple tablets that require you to tilt the screen in order to steer.

You may not realise it, but gestures and movement are an increasingly important way of interacting with our computers.

This week’s big news comes from Leap Motion, a company which reckons it has built a Kinect-like motion sensor into a tiny gadget that’s barely bigger than a matchbox.

It also says that despite the fact there are no big motors inside the Leap sensor it’s more accurate than Kinect and able to track movements down to 1/100th of a millimetre in 3D space.

Will the Leap Motion be the future of control?

Most importantly, it’s not very expensive either – supply is very limited at the moment, but it costs just £44.

What’s really telling is that Leap is keen to suggest that its controller will work well with Windows 8 – Microsoft’s forthcoming update to the Windows operating system, which replaces the Start menu with the large icon interface of a mobile phone.

Whether or not Leap is as good as the creators say it is, there’s a good chance that within the next couple of years you’ll be using motion gestures at your desktop computer as commonly as you use a mouse.

Microsoft has already released Kinect for Windows, and Apple has long been rumoured to be working on a similar system for its laptops.

So, will you be waving hello and goodbye to your PC? We’ll keep you posted.

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