Command of modern smart watches and a little tricky job. Things are as clean and easier, but still physical control (with buttons and touchscreen, voice is clear) requires convening and possibly small nimble fingers. Some devices have physical buttons, but not “touch” (Pebble). Others have both (most existing). Still others are just “touch” (new and future). Tapping and sliding on the screens of the devices nowadays is optimized to almost perfection, but the inconvenience of features of smart watches is that they are often covered by fingers. This is especially awkward in software applications requiring constant sight on the screen (you will an example by playing smart watch, albeit ridiculous example), but not finding sufficient efficiency in upper management options.
Someone Gierad Laput (and its associates) from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania) has decided to seek some extra ease of use of devices with small screens such as has developed a prototype on smart clock whose screen (only the face) moves, rotates, tilt and pressure. Like a joystick or gamepad. Like and what red or blue something (like a pencil eraser – pointing Stick ), which had and still has in the middle of keyboards in the high series laptops ThinkPad (May and other brands) on IBM / Lenovo. And things have got clever. This is because the man knows his job. Laput is a PhD student (by American standards probably should then PhD) in Human-Computer Interaction Institute at the School of Computer Science of the top university (and the adjoining laboratory the Future Interfaces Group), where he specialized just in science between computers and the people. You can check out his personal page, where there are many very interesting and innovative developments, research and analysis hardware and software communication between these computers and people. We believe that man is a young genius. Like his colleagues.
Smart Watch Display – Joystick
To get back on their project, which they managed to connect a motion sensor by gamepad on a small display. Then they managed to get him to detect moving, rotation, tilting and pressing the display to achieve control of navigation map, game. Doom 2, tuning the operating system, etc. So they have saved unnecessary “bump up” the screen and hiding his fingers (it is important for Doom 2). In all the work it comes to scientific university and study and prove the only opportunity that global technology companies might like and incorporate in future products.
Gizmoera: If any problems with easy wear of moving parts is resolved, this handy idea to become a smart, simple and logical production approach. It is applicable to displays without touch screen, as well as those with similar capabilities, where you included debugging code could lead to better durability because the sensitive touch screen will be used less frequently.
The images are from page Gierad Laput.