New wearable input device Ring allows to control your gadgets via hand gestures, letting you send texts, turn on appliances, make payments
It can be said for a fact that input devices have been growing sleeker and less obstrusive as technology marches on. From ball mice and full-sized mechanical keyboards to touchscreens and motion sensing, input technology has become more attuned to natural human movement, making gadgets less like machines and more like extensions of the body.
Now, Logbar, aims to take input technology to the next level with its Ring device. Ring is a, well, ring that, when worn, captures the user’s hand movements and translates them into signals that can be used by devices to control their many functions. Users can programme Ring to recognise their own gestures.
Initially, Ring will ship with four features:
- Gesture control function, which lets the user turn a device like a smart TV on or off, and control settings such as volume and channel
- Text transmission, where gesturing of letters in the air is translated into letters and words that can be used as text input for, say, messaging apps
- Payment information transmission, which allows the use of a simple gesture to confirm payment
- Receive/Alert function, where an in-built LED and vibration motor alerts the user when a message or call is received
For pledges of US$2500 or more, Logbar will include a developers’ kit that comprises both, iPhone/Android SDKs, a web API, and access to Ring’s developers. It is likely that many apps and games will be taking advantage of Ring’s input technology, letting one write notes on slides for greater clarity during presentations, or play racquetball without the racquet and ball.
Currently, the project is being funded on Kickstarter and has gathered over 900 backers and US$140,000 in funding as of Friday, February 28, 2014 15.00 PM SGT. Ring’s crowdfunding campaign will end on , so for those who are interested, you’ve got around 35 days left.