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One small device for you, one giant LEAP for presentations


Imagine being able to drag files from one place to another within your computer. Literally.

Being able to move information around with the wave of your fingertips is something we could only imagine in a sci-fi movie.

Until now.

A San Francisco startup called Leap Motion has done away with touch-screen technology by creating a product that is 200 times more accurate than anything else on the market. It’s like XBox Kinect on steroids.

Check it out!

Leap Motion can be used for almost anything you can think of. Whether it’s playing Fruit Ninja or building virtual 3D models, this technology is reinventing the user experience. They strive to create harmony between basic human movement and the ever-changing world of technology. It comes down to making technology more natural.

So, what does this mean for presentations?

Besides redefining the experience factor for your audience, this kind of technology opens doors for the way your information is presented. Instead of simply speaking to a set of slides or playing a video, you can immerse your audience into the message. In short, you’re bringing your audience closer to your ideas, closer to action, because the information is presented in a much more humanistic way.

This kind of technology also increases cohesiveness with your brand. You aren’t clicking through, you’re digging through. You’re navigating on a non-linear, non-planar vehicle, zooming and swerving through your ideas. Information seems to go hand-in-hand (pun intended) with your body, which creates a warm, natural relationship between your message, your audience and your brand.

The birth of this style of presenting means a lot for the future of our industry. Over the next 10 years, we’ll see many, many more of these new styles emerging in everything from business pitches to light shows. There will be even more complex systems created that can be used in even more markets. There will be new models being applied to the industry at a lightning-fast pace, and the people who take advantage of these new waves of technology will be the ones who stand out.

We’ve already made pre-orders for the LEAP, and plan to delve further into the capabilities of this fascinating piece of technology. We hope it will help our business grow and flourish in a new, exciting way. We aim to be better by being different.

Eventually, the standards will evolve, newer styles will shift into the norm, and many more people will be open to changing their traditions. There will be more chances for companies to update their processes and adapt to the changing market, not to mention a huge increase in the amount of presentations given daily. With so many emerging technological trends making their way into common business practices, we’ll see a lot of change and growth in the way information is conveyed to the masses or even to multiple people. The world of presentations is evolving. It’s pretty exciting, right?

Now, I know it’s easy to read this and think that all you have to do is go out and buy the latest gadget, but let’s take a step back from all this cool stuff.

Even having something like the LEAP motion can’t make you the perfect presenter. We can’t get so caught up in this idea that we forget the fundamentals. Being technologically savvy doesn’t make up for being an awful presenter.

For example, you could be giving a presentation about, I don’t know, Root Beer. If you’re up there on LEAP Motion zooming around through images of Root Beer factories, moving your hands around dazzling the audience, you might feel really cool, right? But if you aren’t projecting your voice or you are reading off of every slide, then you might as well not even bother with the cool gadgets.

Effective communication is about understanding your audience, engaging with them and conveying information smoothly and thoroughly. It takes practice, confidence and passion. These things cannot be obtained simply by showcasing technology. Modern tools are only supplements to great presentations.

At the end of the day, people want to hear from people, not machines.

What’s your opinion on this matter? Do you have any ideas for using this technology beside presentations?

If you have any thoughts, concerns, comments, criticisms, judgments or revelations that you’d like to share with us, we’d be glad to have a chat with you!

Also, we’d like to know what you think about using the LEAP in a large audience. Is this feasible? Foolish?

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