• LEAP Motion Gesture Control May Replace the Mouse

    Do you ever look at a computer mouse like it’s the still object in a time lapse photo? Like the lamp post or skyscraper that remains motionless while everything around it changes?

    Computers have gotten faster and cheaper, and now exist in everything from our cars, phones, even refrigerators. But the humble mouse, aside from the laser tracker and wireless option, has stayed about the same.

    But at South by Southwest Interactive, we found a company that may change the way we control our computers.

    The LEAP Motion sensor, which plugs into your computer or laptop, allows you to control your computer with the movement of your hand in real time. With a sensor that is 200 times more precise than the Microsoft Kinect, the LEAP can detect all 10 fingers at once. It can accurately sense when your hand swipes, pokes, reaches and grabs, allowing you to operate compatible software without the use of a mouse.

    This is still a new technology with a limited amount of compatible software. At SXSW, the

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  • This Could Be Big hits the road: SXSW

    South by Southwest, the annual intersection of all things creative, met this week in Austin, Texas for a taste of what’s new in music, film, art, and for our purposes, tech and innovation.

    Here, the tools that may shape the future of our digital lives are put on display by developers who convene each year to share ideas and reveal their latest technological creations.

    With the Texas backdrop of smoked meat, live music on 6th street and eccentric characters looking for a good time, we set out to find out what would be big.

    With the legend of Twitter, which was announced here in 2006, looming large, we canvassed SXSW looking for the coolest and wackiest technological innovations.

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  • Game Strives for Real-World Change

    Nicholas Kristof – of the multiple Pulitzer Prizes and best-selling books and New York Times column – is bringing his storytelling to a new medium: games.

    In 2009, Kristof and his wife, Sheryl WuDunn, wrote the best-selling book “Half the Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Women Worldwide.” The book, a journalistic call-to-action to give women power through economic development, inspired a well-received PBS documentary last year. But the couple knew they needed to reach beyond the book-buying, documentary-watching crowd to a wider audience.

    “There are already so many thick reports about the incredible benefits of women’s empowerment. But a lot of those reports don’t necessarily get read,” Kristof said.

    Kristof and WuDunn turned to one of the fastest-growing mediums of the 21st century -- games -- to help tell their story. They partnered with the New York City-based nonprofit game developer Games for Change, and the game company Zynga, to create “Half the Sky Movement: The

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