Smartwatches are still in the early phases of their development and a whole world of possibilities lies ahead of developers looking to add every convenience on the tiny, comfortable and always wearable devices.
Apple, Google or Pebble have long joined the run to bring consumers their vision on how content is better navigated on the wrist attachable smart devices. Usually, navigating content is connected with touch and voice commands, physical buttons or a crown.
Now Aria, a motion-based interaction add-on band wants to revolutionize the way we navigate content on smartwatches simply by hand, wrist or finger gestures.
The soon to come Kickstarter project is designed to track movements of the wrist and joints and translate them into actions to navigate content on the smartwatch. A convenient twick for users when their hands are caught up in other actions and that notification really requires attention.
Scrolling, zooming, opening up menus and pages, selecting are all tied to the movement of your hands. Imagine being able to perform all this actions just with a flick, or wave or a point of the finger.
For now Aria is announced to be compatible with Pebble Time and Android Wear. The little add-on module gives Pebble Time fans the opportunity to navigate its interface via finger gestures and movements.
For Android Wear smartwatches it is reported to connect via Bluetooth and with the upcoming update of the Android operating system, Android Wear 5.1 will certainly include more gesture to control content.
For the Pebble Time compatible Aria add-on, the price is as of yet set to 70 dollars. The slightly pricier version set at 170 dollars is reported to be compatible with any Android Wear device.
For Pebble Time, Aria connects directly to the device and doesn’t require Bluetooth connectivity. For Android Wear, a built-in battery and Bluetooth connectivity justifies the higher score.
Aria also comes with and SDK which is compatible with iOS as well, although so far compatibility with Apple’s smartwatch wasn’t advertised.
Aria will land on Kickstarter next month after which the interested parties can help to crowd fund the little gizmo into existence.
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