There are a variety of different devices that have come to market over the past few years, ranging in price and offering. They are currently very specific in the needs they fill. Some current examples include golf swing analysis, step counting, or even sleep tracking. A question, however, is how will these bands expand what can be tracked and used over the next few years?
Here are the three types of motions that can be tracked with your smartwatch or fitness band as of right now, which are just starting to be tapped into:
1. Interactive motions (rotate your wrist to control a song on your phone, similar to the motions in our demo)
2. Sport gesture movements (tennis or golf swing)
3. Personalized activities (time spent eating, drinking, or staying in one place)
An important aspect of motion tracking movement is the need to invoke an action. For example, the pressing of a button. buttons: only when a button is clicked will a task be performed. Same for micro-movements: when a thumb is pressed to a finger in a defined "context" or area (like thumb touching pinky), perform a task. How can this be accomplished without the need for new technology? One answer is self contained motion sensors, accelerometers and gyroscopes, whereby short movements can be captured and interpreted for action.
Out of these three everyday motion tracking categories, we want to know which motions you are currently using, or would consider using. Fill out this quick survey, and have your name entered to win a mystery fitness wearable. After 1000 submissions, we'll do a quick draw and email the winner!
Fill out the survey for your chance to win! Let us know in the comments if we missed anything. How do you want motion detection and gesture recognition to evolve?
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