HP Puts Leap Gesture Control Feature in Envy 17 Notebook
During a launch of several new consumer systems, HP also rolled out the Slate 7 Extreme, a tablet based on Nvidia’s Tegra Note design.Hewlett-Packard is hitting the market with a spate of consumer notebooks and tablets that come with everything from gesture control technology from Leap Motion to Intel's new Haswell Core and Atom Z3000 Bay Trail chips and two-in-one designs to Nvidia's Tegra Note tablet platform. The giant tech vendor's offerings, announced Sept. 19, also support a range of operating systems—including Microsoft's Windows 8 and Google's Android and Chrome—and include software designed to make it easier for users to manage their content, from photos and music to documents. The device rollout—in time for the crucial upcoming holiday shopping season—comes against the backdrop of a worldwide PC market that continues to see sales decline as the popularity of tablets and smartphones grows. Like such other vendors as Dell, Intel, Advanced Micro Devices and Microsoft, HP—the world's second-largest PC vendor—has been hit hard by the downturn, and is pushing back not only by offering its own line of tablets and, eventually, smartphones, but also by creating new PCs that come in form factors and with features that officials hope will make them more attractive to consumers. The latest product offerings illustrate "how HP is innovating and defining the next-generation computing experience, delivering the productivity customers need and the entertainment they want," Ron Coughlin, senior vice president of HP's Consumer PC and Solutions Group, said in a statement.
The Envy 17 Leap Motion Special Edition (SE) is the first notebook integrated with Leap Motion's gesture control technology in the palm rest, according to HP officials. The 17.3-inch system is designed to respond to natural hand and finger movements in the air, even though it also has a traditional keyboard and touchpad. Users make their gestures above the palm rest to interact with a variety of apps. Leap Motion's Airspace Store offers apps designed to work with its technology.