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The BGR Show: Episode Six – Nintendo’s Wii U and Leap Motion

Published Jul 12th, 2012 11:00AM EDT

Nintendo Wii U Leap Motion Hands-On

This week on The BGR Show we spend some time checking out (more like playing, for hours) Nintendo’s upcoming Wii U console including the much-hyped GamePad touchscreen controller. We also talk to Nintendo about how the Wii U is going to change gameplay by incorporating two screens, motion, accelerometers and even NFC into popular game titles. Since this episode is all about motion technology, we also caught up with Leap Motion, and went hands-on with their first peripheral — it’s a total game-changer. Instead of using a mouse or even touch, you’re able to manipulate on-screen elements and control your computer just by moving your finger in small motions in front of your monitor. It’s multitouch without the touch, and it’s one of the coolest pieces of technology we’ve seen in a while.

Touchscreens are everywhere since Apple launched the iPhone and started a touch craze, but the future is also hands-off. This week we take a look at the Leap motion controller, which adds shockingly accurate motion controls to any computer. We also stop by Nintendo’s Wii U Experience to check out the next-generation Wii U video game console, which combines the Wii’s traditional motion controls with an all new touchscreen-equipped GamePad.

Jonathan Geller Founder, President & Editor-in-chief

Jonathan Geller founded Boy Genius Report, now known as BGR, in 2006. It became the biggest mobile news destination in the world by the end of 2009, and BGR was acquired by leading digital media company PMC in April 2010.

Jonathan is President of the newly formed BGR Media, LLC., and Editor-in-chief of the BGR website.

What started as a side project at the age of 16, quickly transpired into 24-hour days and nights of sharing exclusive and breaking news about the mobile communications industry. BGR now reaches up to 100 million readers a month through the website, syndication partners, and additional channels.