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Digital Sensors

Throw your keyboard out the window

200 times more accurate than Kinect?

Leap Motion, a San Francisco startup, just pre-announced its 3D motion control system. It sits on your desk or counter or table (in the photo, it’s that little thing in front of the laptop) and allows you to control your computer with your hands. No keyboard or mouse needed.

They say it is 200 times more accurate than anything else on the market, which means Microsoft’s Kinect for Xbox 360. It seems to detect tiny motions made by the tips of your fingers, which would allow you to write, draw or paint in thin air – or to highlight very small sections of a page.

And thus the race to reinvent the world begins.

Put one of these in a store, and customers no longer need to touch the same surface as 400 people before them.

In the same way that toddlers often figure out how to use the iPad immediately, using your hands to control a digital device can become utterly intuitive.

If you like something, touch it, grab it, pull it, or slide it into a bucket. Don’t like something? Swat it away.

The device will cost $70 and should be available “early next year.” You can pre-order one now.

Leap is looking for developers.

Nuff said.

Digital Sensors

50 sensor applications

50 examples what you can do with digital sensors

Want to better understand what your company could do with digital sensors? Libelium has a solid list of 50 sensor applications.

The applications fall into the categories of Smart Cities, Smart Environment, Smart Water, Smart Metering, Security & Emergencies, Retail, Logistics, Industrial Control, Smart Agriculture, Smart Animal Farming, Domestic & Home Automation, and eHealth.

The list is a bit slanted towards B2B applications; there are countless more applications that could be of service to individuals. But it’s a great start, and the list has numerous links to related articles.