Natural Gesture Language for Smartwatches
By Josh ClarkPublished Jan 7, 2017
When Samsung wanted to explore smartwatch interactions beyond the screen, the company came to Big Medium.
Samsung developed prototype software for Android Wear watches to detect natural gesture—motions and signals you make with your hand. Using the accelerometer on the watch, the software detects not only motion but the subtle impact signature of a snap, a flick of the finger, or a knock on the table.
Big Medium’s Josh Clark worked with the team to develop a system of gestures and associated meanings so that a watch on your wrist can control the phone in your pocket or across the room. Snap to start playing music, or flick to go to the next song. Samsung highlighted the technology in a keynote to showcase its potential use in virtual reality.