HP's gesture-tracking keyboard on sale later in June for $99

HP Leap Motion keyboard

While Leap Motion is still selling its gesture-tracking add-on for Windows 7 and 8 for $79.99, there will soon be another way for people to quickly use the technology. HP has recently revealed that it will begin selling its keyboard that has the Leap Motion sensor hardware built inside the case.

Originally, HP was only selling the keyboard with some of its desktop and all-in-one PCs back in December. However, the company is now saying that anyone with a Windows 7 or 8 PC will be able to purchase the keyboard for $99 sometime later in June.

The original Leap Motion add-on device was first launched in the summer of 2013 and since about 500,000 units have been sold. The hardware was also integrated into the HP ENVY17 Leap Motion Special Edition notebook. However, the technology, which allows users to control some aspects of Windows 7, 8 and Mac PCs with hand gestures, is still in its infancy, mostly due to its first generation software combined with a lack of apps that support the product.

Leap Motion has already released new software drivers to developers that enable the tracking of individual joints inside a person's hands. There's no word on when the software will be released to the general public.

Source: Engadget


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HP's gesture-tracking keyboard on sale later in June for $99


You know what I really want? A full keyboard with bluetooth connection.


I cannot believe I have not been able to find one. All the ones I have been able to find aren't full.

You can get a Filco MINILA, which is a mechanical keyboard with Bluetooth.

Highly recommend it. It's awesome.

I bought the original Leap Motion when it came out and used it for a week to test it, but I haven't found a use for it ever since... Being a 3d illustrator I'm always passionate about anything 3d related and that's why I bought it, hoping they'd find a way to make it useful, but sadly it doesn't seem as powerful as first advertised.

True. It was a major letdown... It's not working. I had high hopes for it with the metro interface, but unplugged it after a week... Buy with caution.

Does it handle Win8 gestures well? I'm considering it just to use it as a poor mans' touch replacement.

It's pretty difficult to use to control Windows 8 since you have to work with an imaginary screen... So it works, but it's much more difficult than using a real touchscreen, and it's tough on the arms since you have to be super precise and your finger has to be as straight as possible or it doesn't work properly. Also, clicking on something... on an imaginary screen, is pretty hard, you always end up clicking at the wrong place since your arm moves while you're trying to get to the invisible barrier where it clicks.

Do they need to?  MS has Kinect.  On the Xbox One Kinect can recognize hand gestures to simulate touch controls, plus a whole lot more.  Facial recognition for authentication, speech recongnition for voice commands, 3D tracking for games that support physical interaction.  MS seems to be the leader in this area of technology.  I don't think they have much to gain from Leap Motion.

Ahh, Leap Motion.  Fundamentally flawed concept or just poorly executed?  My money's on the former.

I have a 17" envy laptop with leap. Fun for 2 mins but remains switched off...... Maybe they will introduce a way to control the touch gestures and make me look like a crazy person swatting a non existent mosquito. It is cool but definitely needs software.