Aria Smartwatch Clips add Gesture Control to Wearables
The Aria is discrete add-on that clips onto a smartwatch band to add gesture control to Android Wear and Pebble Time watches. Created by Deus Ex Technology, Aria allows users to direct their smartwatch by simply moving their fingers in the air.
The innovative clip works like a hands-free controller by recognising pre-configured gestures to execute actions on your smartwatch. Aria is currently compatible with Android Wear and Pebble Time. The clips’ SDK is also compatible with iOS apps so presumably it is possible to clip this onto your Apple Watch to control simple tasks.
While the clip is specifically designed for use with smart timepieces, the applications possible with this technology are endless.
By making technology an extension of our bodies, gesture control can be used to control everything from our TV’s to machinery and other devices, making everyday tasks even simpler to execute.
With a minimal design and a body crafted out of polished metal with a smooth silicone back, the Aria clip on is not only comfortable, but also provides a firm grip on your wrist as well as the watch band. Aria clips are currently available in gold and black, silver and black, and an all-black finish.
The device comes as a standalone unit with its own battery and clips onto any smartwatch band. Deus Ex Technology is also making the clips’ SDK available so that developers can start working gesture control into their wearables and applications. The tech start-up behind the device are planning to launch a campaign on KickStarter to raise funds to help bring Aria to market.
Tentatively priced at around $69, Aria represents how far wearables and smartwear have come already. With Android wear leading the market so far in this field it makes sense for the Aria clip to be designed for the Google backed platform.
Nonetheless, compatibility with Apple’s iOS is not far away and this technology will surely spread beyond smartwatches very soon.