logo invFor the MakeZurich hackathon in early February we explored how to combine the Carunda24 smart strap technology and dizmo. Dizmo is the Interface of Things, a next-generation UI platform designed for the Internet of Things (IoT), while the Carunda24 smart strap provides gesture recognition based on a wearable sensor. The hackathon was a great opportunity to test out new ways of approaching data visualization using the technologies of two Swiss startups.

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Last time we introduced our smart strap prototype and wearable strain sensor (Flying a Parrot Drone With a Wearable Sensor), where we sent flight commands to a Parrot minidrone through natural hand motions. This was done by integrating a wearable strain sensor into a watchband and then connecting it to a hardware prototyping platform. In this update we’d like to share more information about the hardware and software prototyping approach we took and how we're building towards an API for wearable sensor development using body-mounted sensors.

 

Carunda24 Parrot DroneIn 2016, we at Carunda24 decided to start building a wrist-mounted gesture recognition system based wearable sensors and research in soft body dynamics (SBD). With the emerging trends in augmented and virtual reality, one of the biggest challenges we’ll face in society and tech in the coming years will be how to interact with immersive technologies. In the past we’ve followed a pattern of establishing some input methods to a computer (historically with a keyboard and mouse), and then modifying our behavior to the machine interface. There has also been a desire for Natural User Interaction (NUI), and the development of technologies which allow us to interact with computers in the ways we naturally interact with people and the world.

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