Improving the Ease of Use on Smart Watches, with Gesture Control

Max Hunt, BSc Computer Science

For years, the technology industry has been working towards a new easy-to-use device that communicates with the connected world, either directly or utilising a smart phone. Wearable technology is now testing the water as an answer to this innovative direction. With the recent announcements of the Pebble Time and Apple Watch and the currently available Pebble Watch and Moto 360, the smart watch is taking off. However, are they actually improving the ease of use and minimising the un-natural interaction between you and your phone? This project is exploring the fact that this may not be the case. You are swapping from tapping on your phone to tapping on your smart watch and, in the worst case scenario, just creating another step when checking your messages and consuming your battery. How do you then introduce a more natural way to interact with your phone? Using the Pebble smart watch as a platform for my project, I am implementing a Gesture Control library, as a proof of concept as well as opening the doorway to developers and a new range of gesture based applications. This removes the need for endless tapping and button clicking as the ease of use is improved by just a twist of the wrist. Working in JavaScript, enabled in the 2.0 update by the Pebble team, and employing a method of gesture detection which uses frames and segments, I hope to prove that the ease of use in smart watches, can be greatly improved with the use of gesture control.

 

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