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!