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HP to release the worlds first gesture enabled pc

Last updated on November 8th, 2013 at 11:24 am

Even with touch screens being so common in Windows 8 laptops now, I think it’s time we stopped putting our grubby fingers all over their nice HD screens. HP agrees, which is why its newly announced notebook, the Envy 17 Leap Motion SE, supports gesture input.
Set for release this November at £1000, this laptop comes with a Leap motion sensor that is 70 per cent smaller than the standard peripheral built in, meaning it can be put on a range of devices, including tablets. HP aims to set itself apart from other laptop manufacturers with this, though I wouldn’t doubt that the competition is working on something similar.

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It’s not quite Minority Report, but at least he doesn’t need a wooden ball to get started

Other specs of the Envy 17 include;

  • Intel Haswell Core I5
  • Nvidia graphics
  • Full HD display
  • 1TB HDD
  • 8GB RAM

The specs are upgradeable to a core I7, 16GB’s of RAM, 2TB HDD, and a touch capable display, all of which will be available at launch if wanted.

Here’s the trailer showing off what the Leap sensor can do.

It’s a pretty high powered machine but only some apps will work with the Leap sensor; to find them you can use the Leap app store named ‘Airspace’. This limited compatibility does limit how useful the gesture sensor really is. Gestures have a history of being gimicky too, like the Kinect sensor, which didn’t work very well at all. That being said, Leap Motion does have a good reputation and some genuine uses might come out of this sensor. The Airspace store is always getting new apps too, so if you plan on getting this laptop for the sensor then take a look at what’s available first. It could become a useful and widely adopted feature in the future.

KitGuru Says: The laptop has some decent specs, even if you aren’t interested in the sensor it might still be worth a look. I am a strictly trackpad user on my laptop, I don’t like staring at a dirty screen and I’m  not sold on motion controls yet. Maybe one day a product like this will change my mind. What do you think of the Leap Motion sensor though? Would you use it or buy one of these laptops? 

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