In Brief

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon have developed a device that responds to motion.

Though touchscreens have revolutionized how users interface with smartphones, tablets, and other gadgets, they are not always suited for devices with small screens like a smartwatch, for example.

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have created a prototype smartwatch that can be controlled through different types of movements, such as tilting, twisting, and clicking.

The smartwatch prototype that the team created supports 2D panning and twist, and binary tilt and click. Its main components include a 1.5 inch LCD color display, an ARM processor, and a pair of Hall-effect joystick sensors that capture 2D movements. The configuration of the components allows users to pan the display, as well as twist, tilt, and click. The device is connected to a host computer that is running a program which processes the inputs and runs an app on the smartwatch.

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