Wristwatch gives remote control of computer

October 10, 2001 | Source: New Scientist

A new high-tech watchstrap that gives its wearer remote control over a wearable computer has been demonstrated in Switzerland.The GestureWrist, developed by Jun Rekimoto of Sony’s Computer Science Laboratory in Tokyo, Japan, uses sensors embedded into a normal watch strap. These track a wearer’s arm movements and the opening and closing their hand, relaying this information to a computer kept somewhere on their person.

GestureWrist uses a tilt sensor beneath the wrist watch to measure directional movement and acceleration and “capacitance sensing” to detect different hand shapes, such as open and closed.