BUILDING THE FINAL MOUSETRAP

One of the latest contestants in the ongoing battle to exterminate mice is David Holz.  His new startup, Leap Motion, is producing gesture-recognition devices you attach to your computer screen.  The mouse is no longer needed because the device recognizes and responds to your gestures.  Adam Satariano describes the effectiveness of the product and its strategic price point:

“The idea is similar to the one behind Microsoft’s Kinect, an Xbox add-on that lets people play games just by moving their hands and body.  At $70, the Leap Motion is about half the price of Kinect.  It’s also far more accurate, says Holz.  The software that analyzes the images from the three cameras can track all 10 of a user’s fingers and detect movements of less than one-hundredth of a millimeter.” (“Innovator David Holz: Pinching Closer to the death of the Mouse” Bloomberg Businessweek, 5/28/12–6/3/12, p. 41)

Holz believes we should be able to interact with our computers on a more direct, personal level.  Technology that eliminates the mouse moves us toward that ideal.

Well, I suppose one day I might have a hard time trying to decide whether I want to be a conductor or a rodent squeezer.  What an interesting day that will be!





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About James Meadows

Currently I serve as a training team manager for Tyco Integrated Security at a customer-care center in Kansas City. Additionally, I am a business consultant, a freelance corporate writer, an Assembly of God ordained minister, a Civil Air Patrol chaplain, and a blogger.

I believe we are living in the most fascinating times of human history. To maximize the opportunities these times present, I have a passionate interest in leadership development and organizational success, both of which I view as inextricably linked.


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