Gesture controlled watch works with android - A wearable device
Such could be the case with Deus Ex Technology, the company responsible for Aria, a hands-free “gesture controller for wearable devices.” It uses motion sensors on the wrist to detect finger movement used to perform on-screen functions. The idea is to solve the problem of controlling a smartwatch when your hands are otherwise occupied — such as a business professional coming home from the grocery store with his groceries in one arm, his hand gripped around them, while using the other hand to hold his smartphone to his ear. He may need to get his watchface to turn on in order to see the time, for example.
The point of hands-free is to eliminate as many steps as possible for illuminating and controlling the watch. Google has taken notice of this, with the company’s latest declaration at Google I/O 2015 that Android Wear smartwatches now have an always-on ambient light sensor that prevents the watchface from quickly timing out a few seconds after an individual turns it on. In other words, Android Wear smartwatches now allow your grocery list to remain highlighted, even if you need to walk a few minutes down the street to your local store. But while Google’s light sensor solves this problem, it may impact battery life significantly.
Deus Ex’s hands-free remote, Aria, would eliminate battery drain. Essentially, you connect it to your existing smartwatch. The Aria is made out of silicon material that attaches to the underside of the watch. The silicon comes into contact with your skin, but it’s meant to be comfortable and firm so that you don’t notice its presence all that much. You can calibrate the silicon to work as you intend, with an Aria app that lets you customize finger gesture controls for certain on-screen functions (see the video above). You can close and open your fist twice to turn the watchface on, for example.
Deus Ex says that it intends to have two Aria silicon bands at Kickstarter — a $69 model for the Pebble Time that doesn’t mandate Bluetooth or an additional battery, and a $169 developer SDK version that comes with a battery and works for just about any smartwatch. Deus Ex intends the developer version for Android Wear smartwatches, though it seems Google provided its own answer to Aria at Google I/O. Even so, with Android Wear’s current short battery life, a lightweight silicon module with an additional cell could prove a better alternative in both hands-free and low-battery situations.
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