Mobile devices are now a bit part of a person’s life. May it be because of connectivity, interaction, or just to pass off time, we now depend on our phones to do a lot of things for us. Mobile technology has been one of the top focuses for advancement today. Not only developing and enhancing features of the phones themselves, but also extending the innovations to its accessories. A smartwatch is a wearable computing device that closely resembles a wristwatch or other timekeeping device. Some are bluetooth-enabled making them handsfree. Hybrid smart watches are now making a scene in the mobile industry. These devices are a combination of traditional time-telling and a smart functionality; the only drawback is its small size and limited control.
Georgia Institute of Technology shed some light on the concerns of the many. Cheng Zhang, the Lead researcher of Georgia Tech’s WatchOut application said that, “We are all aware that the input on smartwatches can be improved”. He oversaw that the innovation called “Watch out” in which an interaction technique uses taps and scrolling gestures on the case and watchband, “outside” the watch screen equipped with accelerometer sensors and a gyroscope. They managed to integrate the use of the user’s breath, tapping the hand and scrolling through the watch band. This all-new experience stretches out the functionality of the device making it more user-friendly. The limitation is due to the size of the watch. By extending the functionality of those surrounding the interactive face of the watch, efficiency is increased. This innovation is directed to LG and Sony smartwatches and the new added functions are the following: scrolling on apps by sliding finger on the watch’s band, Launching eight smartwatch apps by tapping key points on the watch case (or bezel), rejecting calls by blowing on the screen or tapping the side of the watch, editing dictated messages by breathing on the screen, Transferring on-screen information from the watch to a phone with breaths, and Selecting numbers by tapping the back of your hand.
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A lot of options are now readily available on the market today. Newer versions are the Whoosh and the TapSkin, both offering the same as WatchOut but with additional other features. The Whoosh app has a technique that allows a person to control the watch by blowing, exhaling, shushing, sipping or puffing on the screen. The TapSkin however allows users to tap on the back of their hand to input numbers 0-9 or commands into the watch. A well-designed case for the smartwatch was invented by a colleague in the Georgia Institute of Technology named Dingtian Zhang where he designed a 3D printed case which snaps on the watch. It has 8 attachment holes with varying length. This makes it more stylish. The next time a call comes and your hands are full of things, answer or reject it with a blow. This innovation has been proven useful among the family of Zhang. The approval rate is dramatically impressive! Go ahead and get one for yourself.