The Detecting Smartwatch
As an exceptional wearable, LG’s ViBand smartwatch has been designed to auto detect anything your touch and tell what you’re doing. Through the analysis of micro-vibrations, ViBand can tell whether you’re holding a blender or other electronics; this is besides making an accurate prediction of what you’re doing with it.
A regular smartwatch has an accelerometer running at approximately 100Hz, far lower than ViBand’s 4000Hz. The repurposing enables the detection and interpretation of micro vibrations.
It’s widely applicable
Apart from its normal functions such as predicting whether you’re tapping on your hand or rubbing together with your fingers, ViBand is readily usable with instruments such as guitars; when synchronised with a guitar app, for instance, the LG ViBand accurately tells whether a note is sharp or flat. This is enabled through High-Fidelity Bio-Acoustic ability to sense.
Whereas the objects don’t have to be electronic, this smartwatch is not able to detect all objects.
ViBand might replace iBeacons
Being a first in the industry, bio-acoustic sensing is highly accurate for the detection of objects. This wearable does what QR and RFID codes do through inaudible vibrations. A perfect scenario would be the placing of Vibro-tags’ on doors!
Custom kernel makes all this possible
It’s compatibility with both iOS and Android devices grant you easy access by simply updating your Tizen and Android Wear smartwatch; it is a bit tricky to achieve the same with the Apple Watch, though.
The Carnegie Mellon University PhD students behind this ingenious invention have been lauded and were the proud winners of a User Interface Software and Technology Symposium award in Tokyo. Though other vibrations detecting wearable prototypes have been presented in the past but nothing quite as inclusive and promising as ViBand.
The Disney smartwatch, for instance, uses a hypersensitive antenna which works by locating low frequencies in objects and identifying them. ViBand appears to be more advanced and can be used for a wide range of objects and for diverse reasons.