We add “could” for the simple reason that it’s a prototype. Just recently unveiled/previewed at a demo event earlier this month, the Ringbow is perhaps the first of its kind. What it does is be a non-mouse for tablet users. Why is this supposed to be useful? Since touch screens are very touch intensive, wouldn’t it be more convenient to have a dedicated controller for clicking?
Though the Ringbow is being hyped as a full fledged product waiting to happen, the opposite is the fact. A prototype-in-waiting, the Ringbow’s greatest hurdle is it needs its own code to work with different apps. The problem is compounded by the fact that app developers aren’t aware of its potential, hence there’s no mad rush to build Ringbow navigable apps.
Still, as a proof of concept and an attempt to address the tablet faithful’s computing needs, the Ringbow is a smashing idea. Now let’s have a good chunk of explanatory text from the product page:
Ringbow allows the user to surpass the traditional 2D touch screen control scheme, facilitating “menu-less” navigation and accessibility, together with at-distance control. Ringbow makes touch screen interaction far more fluent and productive, eliminating the need to actually display menus and other virtual elements, such as toolbars and dialog-boxes. Ringbow also enables controlling virtual elements and their properties without touch.