Why Apple Should Acquire Leap Motion

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Leap Motion has been receiving much attention since announcing their plans to commercialize the world's most accurate gesture tracking technology. Currently available for pre-order, the Leap device is an amazing 200 times more accurate than Microsoft Kinect - and much smaller. This means that Leap Motion's technology has the potential to be embedded in mobile devices, changing forever how people use and interact with their smart phones, tablets, and laptops.


The Leap device is about the size of a thumb drive and generates an 8-cubic foot space where gestures and objects can be detected. It is so precise that it can detect movement down to 1/100 of a millimeter! As you can imagine, the possibilities for implementing the Leap Motion technology are endless - from gaming and office productivity, to art and science. The Leap device will change how we use our mobile devices.


So, what does all this have to do with Apple?  It all comes down to being the leader, which Apple does quite well.  Apple led the way with using flash memory for mobile devices, as well as pioneered the use of the touch screens user interface.  The next logical extension is gesture recognition, for which Leap Motion is the technological leader.  Imagine having the Leap device embedded in your MacBook.  It would eliminate the need for a touchpad or mouse - completely - while offering a more advanced, intuitive user interface.  Simple gestures could be used to perform nearly every function you might need, including panning, zooming, swiping, in addition to drawing and many other commands.


Apple certainly has the cash to make this happen.  If Apple buys - or can exclusively license - Leap Motion's gesture recognition technology, it would keep them several steps ahead of their competition.  Sure, Google is creating some buzz with its Project Glass AR eyewear, but the market opportunity for the Leap Motion technology is far greater.  Leap Motion gesture tracking could truly be Apple's next platform technology.  The question is, does Tim Cook have the foresight to make the move?