Leap Motion's motion control technology may not have blown us away, but the intriguing hardware impressed somebody at HP. After being featured in the HP Envy 17 notebook earlier this fall, Leap Motion will also come embedded in 11 more HP desktop and all-in-one PCs.
Well, kind of. While the Envy 17 integrated Leap Motion's technology right into the notebook itself, the motion control hardware is buried inside a special USB keyboard that ships with the newly supportive AIOs and PCs. Naturally, the Leap Motion software is preinstalled on the HP computers, though the fancy finger-waggling tech is only included if you buy the following models online in the U.S.
- HP ENVY Recline 23 Beats
- HP ENVY Recline 23 TouchSmart
- HP ENVY Recline 27 TouchSmart
- HP ENVY Touchsmart 23
- HP ENVY Touchsmart 23 SE
- HP Pavilion 23
- HP Pavilion 23 TouchSmart
- HP Pavilion 21 TouchSmart
- HP ENVY 700
- HP ENVY Phoenix 810
- HP Pavilion 500
While the expanded HP integration is a big win for Leap Motion (and an interesting way for HP to differentiate its hardware in the vast PC sea), it's not the only way you can pick up the motion sensor. Leap Motion works on any computer, and you can buy the standalone hardware for $80 at Best Buy stores, or online at Newegg, Amazon, or Leap Motion's own website.
Be warned that most users' experiences mirror our own cautious impressions of the gadget, however. The negative reviews outweigh the positive reviews on Amazon. Consider it curiosity more than anything else at this point. As we ended our hands-on with the hardware:
"It's basically something you might buy if you're interested in motion controls, and want to see where the technology goes. It should be fun to watch Leap's journey continue even if the product isn't ready to be part of your daily computing life."