A new conceptual smartwatch has been unveiled this week which is equipped with a navigation controller that has been inspired by the classic gaming joystick hardware.
The concept smartwatch is fitted with a movable watch face that provides pan, twist, tilt and click features that can be used to play games, change settings and navigate applications. Watch the video after the jump to learn more about the new smartwatch control project and see it in action.
The smartwatch has been created by a team from Carnegie Mellon University who explain a little more about the interesting concept.
“Smartwatches promise to bring enhanced convenience to common communication, creation and information retrieval tasks. Due to their prominent placement on the wrist, they must be small and otherwise unobtrusive, which limits the sophistication of interactions we can perform.
In this work, we propose a complementary input approach: using the watch face as a multi-degree- of-freedom, mechanical interface. We developed a proof of concept smartwatch that supports continuous 2D panning and twist, as well as binary tilt and click. We developed a series of example applications, many of which are cumbersome – or even impossible – on today’s smartwatch devices.”
For more information on the new smartwatch concept jump over to the Gierad Laput website for details.