MOOV NOW Wearable Could Prove to Be More Than Just Another Fitness Gadget

The market is currently flooded with wearables, all with different features, sizes and things to try to improve your workout. MOOV is one of them and unlike most wearables, it does more than track your position and steps.

The first MOOV is said to have a feature that tracked your body movement, something that you don’t see in most gadgets nowadays. But although it can be strapped to your ankle, wrist and arm, it is the size of a watch and could prove to be uncomfortable at times.

The latest MOOV NOW is not only significantly smaller, but also has a battery pack that lasts six months. Also, compared to other fitness apps, it packs an accelerometer, gyroscope and magnetometer, helping in giving you a 3D tracking experience rather than a location and speed-based reading. This means that it can know if you are pushing yourself over your limit or not putting enough effort into it.

However, the wearable can prove to be more than just a fitness gadget. Its 3D tracking capability acts sort of like Microsoft’s Kinect and therefore can have a lot of potential in virtual environment movement tracking. In addition to the latter, the movement tracking capacity that it bears can also be associated with what Leap Motion technology wants to achieve. So, we can be looking at a wearable with multipurpose use and a huge battery life here.

The MOOV NOW is said to be up for grabs at a pre-order deal of $60, but if you want to get it at that price, you’ll have to hurry. The retail price is said to go up to $100 once it gets released this fall.

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Leap Motion Launch Oculus Mount for Hand Tracking

Oculus Rift is nothing short of awesome, but it lacks just one thing; when you’re looking around your 3D environment of choice, you reach out for things and naturally expect to see your hands in front of you, but you don’t. Of course you need to control your digital self with a peripheral of some kind, be that a Kinect, keyboard and mouse, steering wheel or similar device, but Leap Motion have retooled their technology with incredible results.

By creating a simple VR headset mount and tweaking their software to deal with the shifted perspective (vs the standard desktop mount of the Leap Motion device), they can now track your hands with incredible accuracy. The device has virtually unnoticeable lag, ultra high accuracy and while it’s an external device now, Leap Motion hope that VR companies will integrate their technology in future models and once you see the demo video, you will too.

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The mounting kit sets you back $20, but you’ll still need the $80 controller, but if developers take advantage of this technology, which I’m betting they will, it’ll be worth every single penny.

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Leap Motion Added To 11 HP Computers

Leap Motion technology has been announced back in September and the fact that HP will embed it into their laptops. It seems that Leap Motion is finally ready and Hewlett-Packard is embedding its gesture-control technology in 11 new computers.

As a short description for those of you who have missed it, Leap Motion is a tech developed to allow users to control their computers with hand gestures alone, with accuracy down to a hundredth of a millimeter. In September, HP said it was incorporating Leap Motion’s tech into the Envy 17 laptop, making it the first manufacturer to build the system directly into a computer. This time around, however, HP is embedding the system into stand-alone keyboards, as well as into laptops. The Leap Motion system will be included in eight HP desktop all-in-one machines, and three new desktop PCs.

Officials from the Leap Motion HQ based in San Francisco said integration with computers like those from HP is just the beginning.

“In the future, motion control will become a part of everyday life,” the company said in its blog post, “with motion-control technology embedded in a wide variety of devices — including tablets, smartphones, interactive kiosks, and head-mounted displays.”

Details on when such integrations would take place or which partners it will work with to bring them to reality however have not been discussed.

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Leap Motion-enabled technology unveiled in upcoming HP laptops

 

HP announced their next line of laptops and are trying to innovate through implementing Leap Motion technology, allowing users to control applications with the use of hand gestures.

Leap Motion has been thought of as an integrated sensor that comes embedded into computational systems rather than a peripheral gadget. It looks like HP took the initiative and will take the first step into embedding this technology. The HP Envy 17 Leap Motion Special Edition will be one of the laptops that can be controlled from afar with the help of hand gestures.

The embedding process is possible thanks to the startup crew from San Francisco who worked tirelessly for the past few months to reduce the size of the sensor, therefore being able to fit it into a laptop chassis.  The sensor is around 3.5mm high and is placed below the keyboard and to the right of an off-center trackpad.

The Envy HP 17 Leap Motion Special Edition will include 5 bundled games (Boom Ball, Jungle Jumper, Dropchord, Disney Sugar Rush and the HP-exclusive Jack Lumber) and HP will also offer a quick link to the Airspace Store, the store that hosts Leap Motion compatible applications. There are currently over 100 applications available in the store and the number is  growing.

Here is a preview of how the Leap Motion technology works:

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HP has priced the Envy 17 Leap Motion Special Edition laptop at $1050 (around £655) and is set to hit the market on the 16th of October.

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