Sunday 26 February 2017

Prototyped AR Keypad could change how we use smartwatches

Emma Clark


NEC has shown off a prototype of the ARmKeypad, which works with a pair of augmented reality glasses to control and interact with a user's smartwatch.

Smartwatches are all the rage of late, but they have some limitations; you won't be writing full e-mails, for example. But Japanese company NEC has shown off a product that could change how we interact with smartwatches.

The gadget, called the ARmKeypad, works with a pair of augmented reality (AR) glasses to project a keyboard or commands onto the user's arm. These glasses also detect finger movements with the watch sensing the timing of keystrokes and controling the keyboard displays.

What will make or break this control scheme is how responsive it is. NEC claims the equipped sensors will be able to offer high-speed and high-precision touch input.

You can see how the ARmKeypad works in the WSJ video below.

NEC says that it will be released next year.

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