Today, we have many ways we can interact with technology — through either sound, or movement. One of the things we want to briefly share our thoughts on is just where gesture control can potentially lead to.
On the market now, exists a wearable band that can read muscle movement. Each movement is programmed to trigger certain devices — like turning on a TV, or performing an action in a video game.
Like all early phases of new technology, the wearable band is still rudimentary — however, like ALL technology, it will inevitably advance to do more. We would like to see this technology expand in the health technology industry — more specifically, in prosthesis advancement.
When we move a single finger, the muscles in your arm move a certain way — each fingers movement pattern differs from the next. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency or “DARPA” has been working on controlling prosthetic limbs via mind control — brain activity not telekinesis. While mind-blowing (no pun intended), we might not have to go that far to control prosthetic limbs if part of the arm is still intact. DARPA’s method is capable of replacing an entire arm — from shoulder to hand. Since there are muscle patterns for each finger movement, the band can also be programmed to read those patterns and control the fingers on a prosthetic arm.
When will this happen and be perfected? Only time will tell. For now, we’re only seeing this applied toward military and entertainment purposes. We want wearable gesture control to expand in the areas of necessities, and not the aforementioned; How many of you are really using hand gestures for gaming?
Sorry, but we’ll still trade it in for conventional controllers any day.