Mudra Band: Gesture control wristband for the Apple Watch raises over US$170,000 in crowdfunding
The Mudra Band may look like a run of the mill strap for the Apple Watch, but it packs an awful lot of tech. The Mudra Band has been designed by Wearable Devices Ltd, which claims to have brought gesture controls to the Apple Watch. Specifically, the Mudra Band is compatible with the Apple Watch Series 3 or newer and communicates with the smartwatch via Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE).
Wearable Devices Ltd has built its band around an IMU (6-DOF) motion sensor, a gyroscope and 3 SNC sensors. The Mudra Band uses these sensors to detect nerve impulses, which it maps to gestures like controlling music playback.
According to the company, the Mudra Band will get over 2 days of battery life from its 40 mAh Li-Po battery. The band recharges via pogo pins, which Wearable Devices Ltd claims can recharge the Mudra in less than an hour. The Mudra Band is IP56 certified too.
Wearable Devices Ltd has received over US$170,000 in crowdfunding on Indiegogo. The project still has 5 days to run where a few early bird units are available for US$159. Wearable Devices Ltd claims that it will eventually sell the Mudra for US$249 and aims to ship to Indiegogo backers in December 2020.