Style-conscious smart-watch fans who want to check email or take a call while simultaneously perfecting their outfits for the day now have an extra hand, thanks to Deus Ex Technology’s Deus Ex Aria wearable gesture controller. The controller, available as a clip-on device for Android Wear smart watches or an e-strap for Pebble Time smart watches, lets users manipulate the device with simple finger gestures.
There are a total of eight gestures, such as up, down, left and right, allowing the wearer to scroll through an app menu on the watch. Flicking the thumb down, for example, will prompt a downward scroll, while tapping the index finger toward the body is the equivalent of pushing the “Enter” or “Return” button. Deus Ex Technology designed the gestures to be as intuitive and easy as possible. Among the functions wearers can perform include answering or refusing a call, checking email, playing music and controlling a smart phone’s photo app. Deus Ex Technology is also releasing an STK kit for developers, allowing them to create their own apps for the controller.
The Android Wear controller uses Bluetooth to control the finger movements, allowing it to connect to other Bluetooth-enabled devices, such as Android smart devices, as well. The Pebble Time e-strap employs wired connectivity, and can communicate with iPhone and Android devices. Both forms of the controller employ tendon-sensor technology to track the finger gestures.
Deus Ex Machina, which raised $166,075 to fund Deus Ex Aria on Kickstarter, plans to start production on it in February 2016. For more information, see the full article here.