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June 23, 2014

Arcus Motion Launches Campaign Gesture Controller and Activity Tracker

Virtually every new technology being introduced today provides some type of information to the end-user. Whether it is machines, infrastructure, homes, automobiles and even the shoes we wear, can be outfitted with devices that transmit valuable data. As these devices get smaller, wearable devices such as smart watches, wrist bands and rings are now providing solutions that can be used for many different applications. A new crowdfunding campaign launched on Kickstarter by Arcus Motion is using a ring as a gesture controller and activity tracker so users can have more control of their environment.

Gesture control devices have been getting smaller, but Arcus Motion has also managed to make it look attractive, something that has eluded some companies when it comes to designing wearable technology. Besides the aesthetics, the Arcus ring is packed with technology that clearly differentiates it from arm-banded or bracelet motion detector by providing greater accuracy and more functions.

The ring is waterproof, has a built-in wireless charging technology, and it connects to devices that support Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy. With these features, users are able to access digital content in a real-life environment with Augmented Reality (AR) technology.

The gesture control allows users to control any nearby Bluetooth Smart Ready device with finger gestures. This includes wearing multiple rings to simulate gripping gestures, firing a trigger in a game, grabbing and rotating objects in 3-D space, controlling a robotic arm as well as many other possibilities that can be developed with the Arcus SDK.

The activity tracker in the ring goes far beyond the usual fitness wristbands currently out in the marketplace. It can detect the slightest movements so golfers, tennis players, swimmers and others can analyze their strokes to see what they're doing wrong and improve their technique. It can be applied not only by ordinary individuals, but also professional athletes looking to find that edge.

The mobile application is going to be available for?free for all Bluetooth 4.0 LE supported devices with the following platforms:

•           Android 4.3+?phones and tablets

•           iOS 7?phones and tablets

•           Windows 8.1?PC-s and tablets

•           Windows Phone 8.1?smartphones

The company has also established a SDK to allow developers to create new use cases in gaming, consumer electronics control, sports and more inside the application or as standalone solutions.

Edited by Maurice Nagle
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