A $250 Bird perched on your finger can gesture-control anything you want
We aren’t new to gesture-controlled devices, and Bird – a finger wearable gesture sensing device from Israeli start-up MUV Interactive is certainly not the last. But the tech that has been previously limited (in most cases) to gaming and displays, has for the first real time promised to route outside the realm, to smartphones, computers and even to drones – thanks to the Bird. Bird is a small plastic device, embedded with sensors that can be worn on the index finger to turn any device into interactive screen that can be controlled via motion, touch and/or voice. Bird heralds a new way of living improved by Internet of Things (IoT).
Bird is not a new wearable device; it has been in production for four odd years now. It has already sold over 15,000 units to business and education customers and is now available on sale for general public for the first time. Priced at $250, MUV is offering first 10,000 pre-ordered Birds for $149.
Compatible with Windows or Mac PC and Android or iOS smartphone, the Bird attaches to the finger and directly communicates with the connected device using smartphone, tablet or computer. The 20g Bird resting on the finger, combines with TVs, Projectors of screens, turning them into massive touchscreen interactive display that can be controlled via gestures from up to 25 away. User can click, swipe, draw, write or do practically anything possible on a touchscreen by simply moving the hand.
The Bird is packed with sensors and comes with dedicated app to control many devices including drones and Philips Hue Lamp, it can also turn kitchen countertop into a TV or use your sofa as a smartphone (Love it you couch potato). Bird has a microphone embedded, which allows the user to control devices with voice commands too.
Slated to ship in first quarter of 2016, for $249 Bird will come with a cradle (for storage and charging) and an app. The Bird can work 10 hours on a single charge. Cradle can charge the Bird for five times before requiring a charge itself.