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, 2018-02-13 (Update: 2018-02-13)
Codrut Nistor
Codrut Nistor - News Editor
Although I have been writing about new software and hardware for almost a decade, I consider myself to be old school. I always enjoy listening to music on CD or tape instead of digital files and I will not even get into the touchscreen vs physical keys debate. However, I also enjoy new technology, as I now have the chance to take a look at the future every day. I joined the Notebookcheck crew back in 2013 and I have no plans to leave the ship anytime soon.