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Add Gesture Control To Any Smartwatch

Posted June 26, 2015

Deus Ex Aria lets you control your devices with simple finger gestures. The technology recognizes finger gestures from the wrist thanks to a layer of sensors, which interpret the movement of the tendons, then the algorithm classifies the gesture. The tendon approach is chosen because, it is more accurate and reliable, the sensors are smaller and more comfortable, and it works with sweat, water and tattoos.


Communication between the Deus Ex Aria and a smartwatch is established through Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) technology that connects the Deus Ex Aria Clip to the smartphone. The smartphone then controls the smartwatch with the input coming from Deus Ex Aria.

Inside Deus Ex Aria are sensors, DSP chip, BLE module (SDK available) and  battery, that life currently lasts more than 24 hours of continuous activation.

Deus Ex Aria SmartStrap For Pebble Time

The Deus Ex Aria SmartStrap communicates directly with Pebble Time through a Serial Interface. It has sensors inside and DSP chip (with serial interface –> datasheet to be given).  The strap’s power consumption is currently of around 15% of the overall battery life of your Pebble Time.

Recognition Algorithm


It needs a short calibration process before it can recognize your gestures. During calibration you will be asked to perform a customizable set of gestures and assign them to commands of your choice.

Software Design – OPEN-SOURCE

Deus Ex Aria greatly expands possibilities for wearable apps, building on top of the Deus Ex Aria SDK. There are developed some apps:

  • Gesture control on Android Wear – effectively eliminating the need to use the touchscreen and voice-control to access the menu, notifications, mail, music, and more.
  • Gesture control on Pebble Time – Control the music, a GoPro camera, and more…

The project campaign is fully backed on the Kickstarter and already reached its funding goal of $100.000, the early bird pricing are gone, but you can still pick it up a Deus Ex Aria for Android for $129. Estimated delivery is on June of 2016.



Source: Kickstarter


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