Aria clip-on module ensures your smartwatch is gesture controlled
Back in 2010, Microsoft first introduced gesture controls in mainstream with the Kinect, followed by Leap Motion doing the same for personal computers a few years later. Now, a startup called Deus Ex Technology visions to bring gesture controls to the smartest new device – the smartwatches through a novel device called Aria. Aria is a module that can fit any smartwatch band and act as a gesture controller for the smart timepiece. Allowing you to control smartwatch with finger gestures means, you can control the watch even when your other hand is busy – you flick through applications on the watch with the same hand you have the watch on.
Aria is compatible with Pebble Time and Android operating system. The module can attach to all kinds of existing watch bands to allow users to zip through the smartwatch’s interface without tapping on the screen or toggling the buttons on the side of the dial. The developers are only using five gestures for now, this to keep user experience simple. The gestures are up, down, left, right and enter.
Deus Ex Technology is expected to bring two versions of Aria to Kickstarter for crowdfunding. The first version is a cheaper, $69 variant, which is customized to work with Pebble Time. The module will work directly with the watch band eliminating need for any additional battery or Bluetooth connectivity to sync.
The second version is designed for developers. To be priced higher at $169, this variant will come with a battery of its own, and the standalone device will slot on to any watch band. The developer only module will work with most Android Wear watches and allow developers to integrate gesture controls into apps. The Aria SDK is also compatible with iOS, so a watch band with Aria can be worn with Apple Watch to control it with gestures. Please check the video demonstration below.