Competition for Meta: This wristband is designed to operate AR headsets
Goertek doesn't just manufacture VR headsets for Meta and Sony - a reference design makes AR headsets operable with a wristband and gestures.
Leading Chinese VR hardware manufacturer Goertek unveiled its vision for seamless AR headset operation. Link is a "smart bracelet reference design that makes it easier to interact with smart glasses" with a 1.64in. AMOLED display. Multiple sensors detect gestures and movement. The wearable connects to an AR headset via Bluetooth or Near Field Communication (NFC).
Smart wristband for AR headset
An AI gesture recognition algorithm allows wearers to control their smart glasses with simple gestures, by pressing a button, or by touching the screen. This should be particularly useful in situations where touching the augmented reality headset is impractical or unergonomic.
Goertek cites simple, everyday smartglasses functions as the main applications. These include making and receiving phone calls, turning daily reminders on and off, controlling music playback, and taking photos.
"Users can synchronize data to their smart glasses in real-time while working out simply by shaking their wrist or pressing a button without looking down at the bracelet. They can also turn on or turn off the alarm and schedule reminders as well as answer or end phone calls by via the smart glasses using simple gestures, either with a flip of the wrist flipping or by clenching one's fist." Goertek said.
Reference design gives Meta a run for its money
An ultra-wideband (UWB)-based distance sensor visualizes the proximity control or unlocking process on smart glasses. It can also be used with a smartphone instead of AR headsets. As usual, the reference design of the wristband only serves as a basis for other hardware from the manufacturer.
Meta is also researching an AR wristband. The device uses electromyography to measure electrical impulses from the brain and convert them into computer commands. Tap Systems is also working on TapXR, a wristband that practically replaces a keyboard by tracking fingers on a tabletop.