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Huawei patent for new gesture control for wearables surfaces online

Huawei new gesture control method for wearables patent (Source: LetsGoDigital)
Huawei new gesture control method for wearables patent (Source: LetsGoDigital)
Huawei's upcoming smartwatches could be able to detect writing movements performed in mid-air using fingers. This new gesture control method has been described in a patent dated July 2016, so it might become reality pretty soon.
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Huawei definitely has some interesting things coming, but they do not belong to the smartphone world as one would naturally expect. Back in 2015, they entered the smart wearable market with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 400-powered Huawei Watch, and now the third-generation Huawei smartwatch should arrive. Although there is nothing to say about this smart wearable right now, a recently discovered patent reveals a new way of interacting with such devices.

Posted online by LetsGoDigital, the patent is called "Gesture input method for a wearable device and a wearable device" and is dated July 29, 2016. Considering this, the technology described in it might be quite close to reaching the masses. The hardware involved in this patent consists of a bezel with touch control, while a complex array of sensors should be able to detect writing movements performed in the air using the fingers. Detecting "air writing" could be quite tricky since there are a lot of variables that need to be taken into account: speed, distance, duration, direction, and sensitivity. Gestures such as simple/double click or multitouch can also be detected.

The smartwatch market is not as solid as the smartphone market, but there still might be a future for it. After all, these smart wearables are quite powerful these days. However, most of their functions can also be performed by any mid-range smartphone (with the exception of the heart rate monitoring part, of course). Since Huawei is not expected to unveil any flagship at MWC 2018, we should get ready for a new smartwatch. Nothing is official yet, of course, but hope dies last. What would you like to get from Huawei's third-generation smartwatch?

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Codrut Nistor
Codrut Nistor - Senior Tech Writer - 5414 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2013
In my early school days, I hated writing and having to make up stories. A decade later, I started to enjoy it. Since then, I published a few offline articles and then I moved to the online space, where I contributed to major websites that are still present online as of 2021 such as Softpedia, Brothersoft, Download3000, but I also wrote for multiple blogs that have disappeared over the years. I've been riding with the Notebookcheck crew since 2013 and I am not planning to leave it anytime soon. In love with good mechanical keyboards, vinyl and tape sound, but also smartphones, streaming services, and digital art.
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Codrut Nistor, 2018-02-13 (Update: 2018-02-13)