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Leap Motion teams up with HP to bundle and embed 3D motion tech in products

An attendee at the 2013 SXSW Interactive festival uses Leap Motion's 3D motion technology to play a game at the company's demo tent on March 10, 2013. (Emi Kolawole)

Hewlett-Packard and Leap Motion are joining forces, bundling Leap Motion’s 3D gesture-control device with HP’s products and eventually embedding the technology into future HP devices. The companies announced the collaboration via a release Tuesday.

HP products bundled with Leap Motion’s hardware will come pre-loaded with the Leap Motion apps store, Airspace, which features game, productivity and health and fitness apps, among other categories. The HP/Leap Motion bundled packages will be available this summer, and there is no specific date for when HP devices embedded with Leap’s technology will be released, according to Leap Motion chief executive Michael Buckwald.

The HP Invent logo is pictured in front of Hewlett-Packard international offices in Meyrin near Geneva August 4, 2009. (DENIS BALIBOUSE/REUTERS)

There was some speculation during the SXSW Interactive conference in March that Leap Motion could potentially partner with Apple, given the similarity in hardware design between the companies’ products. Asked whether Leap had plans to team with the iPhone maker in the future, Buckwald said: “We’re talking with a number of major [original equipment manufacturers] and will have more news in the coming months. The Leap Motion Controller USB peripheral is our first step, and embedding our technology into other devices has always been the next step in our vision.”

Leap Motion announced a collaboration with Asus in January to bundle its technology with Asus devices, but Buckwald says HP is the first to agree to embed the USB device, which costs just shy of $80, into their products.

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Emi Kolawole is the editor-in-residence at Stanford University's, where she works on media experimentation and design.



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