Doublepoint Technologies gave live hands-on demonstrations of its WowMouse app at CES 2024.
- Using an Android watch, the app allows you to navigate your device through gestures.
- The app is compatible with almost any Android watch and communicates with your devices through Bluetooth HID.
Doublepoint Technologies showed off its WowMouse app which allows you to control your devices through hand gestures at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2024.
The Helsinki-based startup created the WowMouse app to allow you to control various smart electronics with intuitive gestures. It relies on Doublepoint’s newly updated gesture detection algorithm, which is now fully compatible with smartwatches sporting WearOS and above. Best part? It doesn’t require a specific piece of hardware; almost any Android watch will do.
The way it works is pretty straightforward. The app would broadcast the watch as a Bluetooth Human Interface Devices (HID) mouse. The device would recognize it like a laptop recognizes a regular Bluetooth mouse. Now, regardless of the operating system, be it Windows or Linux, the mouse works. It even works with iOS, macOS, and iPadOS, per the startup’s website. And since Apple watches do not support Bluetooth HID, Doublepoint cannot make a watchOS version of the app.
During the tech expo, the startup treated the attendees to a hands-on demonstration of its capabilities. The most impressive feature demonstrated was the control of smart home devices, particularly light fixtures, using intuitive wrist gestures. You move your hand to move the cursor and pinch to click. You can scroll too.
Here’s the thing, if you need to keep your arm pointed toward the screen like you are casting some spell with a wand or conducting an orchestra, wouldn’t your muscles get stiff? That sounds uncomfortable.
From what we’ve seen, it’s a seamless and lag-free user experience.
Doublepoint managed to make watchOS users jealous too because they were promised a similar feature, but it turned out to be lackluster.
Ohto Pentikäinen, CEO of Doublepoint, stressed the company’s commitment to enhancing user experiences without requiring a complete overhaul of existing products. He stated, “We’re not just changing the game — we’re rewriting the rules for human-computer interaction with our touch-based gesture tracking.”
The software is very innovative and does not require any special hardware to work. Mother Nature knows we don’t need any more e-waste. The instructions are pretty simple. Just extend your arm and flick your wrist. But I fail to see its purpose beyond a novelty feature as it is now.
You need to position your arm a certain way for it to work properly and you have to use your finer motor skills. It would be much more comfortable to just use the device and cut out the middleman.
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