HP's keyboard with integrated Leap Motion gesture controls to start selling separately
Leap Motion's innovative gesture control technology lets you command your computer by waving your hands like you just don't care, but the only way to partake in the finger-waggling action was to plop a $75 Leap Motion dongle on your desk or purchase a system—like the HP Envy 17 notebook—that integrated the technology into the computer itself. No more.
Several HP all-in-ones pack gesture controls thanks to a sleek included keyboard stuffed with a Leap Motion sensor, and Leap Motion told Engadget that the keyboard will be available for standalone purchase this month. At $99, it won't cost much of a premium over the retail Leap Motion kit, and like that kit, the HP keyboard will work with any Windows 7 or Windows 8 PC after you install Leap Motion's software.
Speaking of Leap Motion's software, you'll want to think about whether you're buying into the company's vision because you're interested in the technology as-is, or because you're interested in watching gesture controls evolve. Our first look at the Leap Motion controller left us feeling that the developers have a lot of work to do before the promising finger-sensing software will be ready to be a daily part of your computing life.