Air Mouse vs. Leap Motion Controller

What do we want? Motion controlled computers! When do we want it? Why now, of course! Computer junkies, gadget techies, die hard gamers, dedicated graphic artists (or in my case all of the above) would all agree to set aside all differences and converge on the sole idea that manipulating time and space (our computers) through motions, hand gestures and all that would be extremely bad-ass! You get the drift, right?

Now what I have here are 2 seemingly high-tech gadgets dug up from a science fiction novel: the Air Mouse and the Leap Motion Controller, both of which, at first sight, seem to promise what we all want. But, the question is, do they actually live up to our expectations, or should I say, our desires? And if so, which one has the technological edge? Let’s find out!

Measy RC12 Air Mouse

Air Mouse

Let us first take a gander at the air mouse. What is it and what does it really have to offer to us?

The air mouse is just like your typical mouse in the sense that it almost functions exactly as the latter. It is, however, constructed completely differently. Ever seen “Iron Man”? Course you have. In a few sequences, we can see Robert Downy Jr. using a glove to control his futuristic computers. He waves his hand here and there and holographic apparitions of computer programs obey his commands.

One version of the air mouse pretty much looks the same as the glove used in the movie. However, the most common designs though are patterned from the image featured above, which is the Measy RC12 2-IN-1 Air Mouse. To build your confidence towards the device’s functionalities, I’ve listed down three of the many benefits that the air mouse have.

1) It gives you space and mobility as you take it across the room and still be able to control your computer.

2) It improves user-experience. Who would’ve thought that using a remote can be so much fun?

3) It light weight allows your hands to function in more relaxed positions. Did you know that using a tradition mouse for an extended period of time can cause serious strain injuries?

Leap Motion

Now let’s jump into the Leap Motion! Get it… jump… leap? I love puns!

So what’s with the Leap Motion gadget that Mac users are going nuts about? The Leap Motion Controller is a small gadget that connects to your computer via USB, transforming it into a virtually-3D interface! Think of it as Microsoft Kinect, only two hundred times better! The Leap Motion is able to track your hand movements up to a hundredth of a millimeter! May the force be with us!

The best way to describe how the Leap Motion Controller works is to imagine a touch screen tablet or smartphone. The gestures you do with your hand on touch screens are basically what the Leap Motion mimics – only you don’t have to touch anything but air! Not to be biased against the air mouse or anything, but I believe that the Leap Motion Controller is the first to successfully bring us closer to the future of computers! I encourage you to look up this awesome gadget if you haven’t already and I dare you to tell me that you’re not impressed!

But wait! I haven’t even gotten to the best part yet! The price! The Leap Motion Controller only costs $79.99! Enough said. Go look it up…now!

There you have it people – a comparison of two of the coolest sounding technological peripherals for the future of mankind. Take a virtual trip to your go-to online store and further delve into their awesomeness!

Pros and Cons of Using an Air Mouse

One of the handiest inventions to come out of the fast-paced information age is the mouse, a tool that helps us navigate our actions when using a computer. You can perform many technological functions and engage in limitless digital exploration just by clicking or scrolling your mouse, which is a power that you can make the most of not just with your desktop computer and gaming laptop, but with other portable devices as well.

Like any other device, the mouse keeps on evolving from one version to a more superior form. Do you still remember the first mouse you laid your hand on? Most of us can stretch our memory to the time when we first used the track-ball mouse back then. If your memory has failed you, the track-ball mouse has a rolling ball underneath it which helps the mouse interact with other internal moving parts as it performs its task.

In the year 1999, the optical mouse was developed. The introduction of this particular mouse eliminated the rolling ball with its red light-emitting diode. Radio-frequency mice and Bluetooth mice have also been developed through the years, furthering the innovation of this useful invention.

Recently, inertial/gyroscopic mice, or most commonly known as the air mouse, have conquered the market. The air mouse is a point-and-click device that allows you to operate a computer, set-top box, Smart TV, and so on. Let us take a look at the pros and cons of this device.

Air Mouse

PROS:

  • The air mouse spells convenience to its frequent users. This no-wire connection frees its users to move around 100 feet within his or her computer/TV.  This is most helpful to those who do presentations.
  • With programmable buttons that helps people customize its use, the air mouse can be used according to its user’s preferences.

CONS:

  • The air mouse has many small buttons which are prone to accidental clicks and can potentially ruin a presentation. Not much of a disadvantage really, but there you go.
  • Takes time to learn the motion tools.
  • Does not respond to some software, for instance. The gyration air mouse only works for Mac OS X.

Indeed, innovations in this human-machine interface have evolved through the years. It has been inevitable. Most of the time, technological advancements have helped us do things more conveniently, especially when its features are superior from their precedents. The air mouse is indeed a work of art. And though its current features have not wowed everyone, its future updates just might do the trick.