Advancements in technology and inventions of smart gadgets indeed have created a revolution in this era. Designs of several smart devices by the researchers have lessened and made the operations faster, easier and convenient. Among the numerous of advanced gadgets, smartwatches are regarded as the most prominent ones which are used broadly. The recent smart invention of prototype smartwatch indeed is a milestone!
A group of researchers has built up a smartwatch model that uses the wrist wearing the look like a consistently accessible joystick to perform touchscreen motions with one gave ceaseless input. This new prototype will make the use of smartwatch more convenient and practical. With this newly invented joystick model will help the smartwatch users checking email, use the fitness tracker, and listening to music without the use of hand. Surprised!!!! Yes, the newly developed prototype will make all the usual and standard functions of smartwatches more handy and effortless. Named as ‘WristWhirl,’ you can carry out all the functions of smartwatch without the use of hand.
While different studies have investigated the employment of one gave nonstop motions using smartwatches, WristWhirl is the first to investigate gestural info. It is the model that can bring revolutionary transformations to the smart realm. “WristWhirl” shows what smartwatches can do in the near future, by permitting users to interface with the gadget using one hand while the other hand is engaged in other errands,” said Xing-Dong Yang, assistant professor of computer science at Dartmouth College.
To build up the WristWhirl model, specialists explored the biomechanical capacity of the wrist by entrusting a small gathering of participants who helped the researchers to lead eight joystick-like motions while standing and strolling. The members wore the watch to their left-hand wrist and were requested to use the same wrist to make four directional imprints including flicking a touch screen and some freestyle shapes, etc.
The participants were asked to make these poses with their hand-up opposite to their body throughout which they could make out the gesture being drawn on the screen of the smartwatch. And surprisingly, the participants were capable of making directional gestures at an average rate of half a second and the freestyle shapes are recorded to occur at a standard tempo of 1.5 seconds. WristWhirl is designed with a 2-inch TFT display and a plastic watch band amplified with 12 infrared proximity sensors and Piezo vibration sensor which are positioned within the strap of the wrist.
This innovative project is scheduled to be presented at the ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology in Tokyo which is slated to hold on October 19. It means, only after two days, the world will witness a significant innovation that can lead the smart gadget development technology in more advanced ways.
Source: Gierad LaputTags: ACM, Dartmouth, Interface, joystick, research, smartwatch, UI, User Experience, User Interface, UX