Aria adds gesture control for Android Wear or Pebble Time watches

Aria adds gesture control for Android Wear or Pebble Time watches
A small clip-on device for your Android Wear or Pebble Time smartwatch can add gesture control to your timepiece. Called Aria, the device is able to detect finger movement by monitoring your wrist. Aria can differentiate between finger tapping and flicking, and with the configuration app, you get to decide what the result of each gesture will be.

Aria is heading to Kickstarter where it hopes to raise funds for production of the accessory. The version for Pebble Time connects directly to the watch, and at $69 it won't require either a separate battery or a Bluetooth connection. On the other hand, the Android Wear version is a bit pricier at $169, but comes with its own battery and uses a BLE connection. It clips on to the watch band and has an SDK to allow developers to integrate the gesture control into Android Wear apps.

Aria is expected to be added to Kickstarter sometime in the next few weeks. Once it is posted on the crowdfunding site, you'll be able to fund the product while ordering one at the same time. In the meantime, you can learn a little more about Aria by clicking on the video below.



source: Aria via TechCrunch

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3 Comments

1. Galaxy_Apple

Posts: 129; Member since: May 24, 2015

Android wear is niche just like this device ,the software is too much of google now. Google should allow skins to make it more like regular android ,remember original android got popular only cause of the skins , Google usially takes several updates to make their products consumer friendly. I'm waiting for galaxy orbis ,hopefully Samsung shows it of Quickly. So far tizen >android wear as always samsung makes better stuff than motorola.

3. sgodsell

Posts: 7368; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

No one is coding for tizen. There is already a ton of apps for Android Wear. Not to mention Android Wear supports two types of apps. Standalone apps that run on the watch itself. The other method is where you can add Android Wear functionality to existing or new Android phone or tablet apps. This is where the apps run on the phone and can send output, and request input from the watch. This is the reason why Android Wear is different from Android itself. Tizen only supports apps that are created for their watch only. In no way is Android Wear a niche. You can already use existing Android code for Android Wear. Skins are stupid for a watch. Especially since you can have the watch face constantly on, or the watch face will come on with hand gestures. Things like this don't exist for any skins. But with that said the latest Android Wear version supports apps that can be constantly shown or on constantly. So with that said. There is nothing stopping someone from making their own app that could act as a skin. You would have to allow or create your own watch face as well.

2. amcasper unregistered

Soooooo....another thing to charge every day? It's really interesting, but features like this need to be included into the accessory itself rather than an accessory for an accessory. IMO. *Not a smartwatch owner, waiting for next gen devices. Battery must last a week*

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