The world could be at your fingertips, thanks to a new wearable, gesture-based gadget.
Fin enables users to control up to three devices such as smartphones, car radios and smart TVs using only swipes and taps. The ring-shaped technology is worn on the thumb, and communicates with different devices using Bluetooth.
Fin has five pre-programmed gestures; in its final iteration, users will be able to create custom ones on an app that will come with the device.
“People in today’s world are becoming more busy, but still they are wasting a lot of time interacting with their smart devices, ” Rohildev Nattukallingal, founder of RHL Vision Technologies, the startup behind Fin, told Mashable. “Fin removes this interaction gap by allowing users to quickly interact with those devices.”
The portable gadget can control the volume on a television, and even lets users text or dial a number without touching their phone. Fin’s creators say they hope this natural interaction can help people who are visually impaired.
Fin can last for up to a month on one charge if it’s in power-saving mode, and is only used for eight hours a day, according to Nattukallingal. Fin will retail for $120, and is expected to be released in September 2014. Its creators also plan to release a software development kit, so developers can create their own apps for Fin. The device will be sold in five different colors.
Nattukallingal and his team aim to raise $100,000 in flexible funding on crowdfunding siteIndiegogo (this means they will still receive the funds even if they don’t reach their goal). As of press time, the campaign has raised more than $15,000 with 21 days remaining.