One of the more interesting developments in motion control is how the Kinect has been used and modified for all manner of non-gaming applications. What might have started out as a way to play soccer in your living room has quickly emerged as a motion detecting, 3D imaging, jack-of-all-trades. The system sold around 8 million units in the first 60 days after launch, and Microsoft is working on a new version.
With the kind of success the Kinect has had, it shouldn’t come as any surprise that other companies have looked at motion control and tried to figure out new ways to improve on the technology. Leap Motion hopes to have succeeded with their upcoming release, the Leap.
From a summer job at HP where he met engineer and soon-to-be Apple Computer co-founder, Steve Wozniak, to founding the company in his parent’s garage, to being fired from — and then rehired by — his company, Steve Jobs’ life story is ripe with inspiration.
This blog is about the future of engineering. That future is made possible by visionaries like Jobs who are inspired to do great things. Jobs envisioned a future where information was easily accessible — whether from the graphical user interface he introduced to the home computer market or from a handheld device like the iPhone. It merged functionality with the art of design engineering.
But vision without application is just day dreaming. We all know the impact that Jobs’ vision when he co-founded Apple in 1976 would have on the future. But what we may not realize is what inspired him to make what he imagined become reality.
“Almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure — these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important.” — Steve Jobs
His 2005 Stanford commencement address explains many of his trials and tribulations, including being adopted, dropping out of college and being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. It’s a testament to the power behind Apple’s old ad slogan: Think Different. Perhaps it will inspire you to do the same.
The Associated Press interviewed Wozniak about Jobs’ death. The comments about Jobs pushing him as an engineer start at the 1:01 mark.
Read Kenneth Wong’s tribute to thinking different on DE‘s Virtual Desktop blog.