HIRIS Brings Gesture Control to Wearables


Gesture control has been gaining momentum over the past couple of years. They’ve especially started to gain traction with video games and gamers because they make game play more intuitive than a clunky controller. There are also a couple devices out there for desktop and laptop computers that allow you to control your computer without touching it. The HIRIS Wearable Computer brings it to a wearable and lets you use gestures to control smartphone apps. Let’s wander over and check it out.

HIRIS is a Computer that Fits on Your Wrist

Some older people like myself may read that and say “So what? Digital watches are basic computers and we’ve had them almost forever.” This is true. It’s also true that many of the first generation of digital watches with extra functions had more computing power than the first space shuttle. However, HIRIS has true computer-like capabilities and it also doubles a full-function timepiece for your wrist.

“The Most Advanced Wearable in the World” Incorporates Gesture Control

HIRIS is being called “the most advanced wearable in the world.” Having written about several other wearable tech devices, I’d have to agree. None of the other devices I’ve looked at have mentioned anything about gloves, wet hands, dry hands, clean hands, or dirty hands. However, HIRIS can be used with gloves and wet or dry hands. Although not huge, that is pretty big, especially for those of you that live where it gets ugly cold during Winter.

HIRIS Integrates with Your Home Automation/Smart Home System

This is where HIRIS really begins to shine. Home automation is another market segment that is growing by exponential leaps and bounds. The guys behind HIRIS saw this and decided to make their watch one that would integrate and allow you to control connected devices and appliances. Sure, my smartphone can do that. The watch doing it is just cool.

Control Your Home with Gesture Control

Those of you out there that are close to my age will remember this one: The Clapper. Although not the original home automation product (we had garage door openers after all), the Clapper was the first that let you do something without getting out of your chair or bed, not including the TV remote. It can be said that The Clapper was the first home automation device to incorporate gesture control. In the Eighties!

HIRIS works in very much the same way. Simple gestures allow you to control connected devices, with different gestures controlling different devices depending on your location in the house. For instance, on the Indiegogo campaign page, they have a GIF of an older gentleman taking a seat on the couch to read a book. In the GiF image, as he sits down, he taps his left thigh and rolls his hand over his leg, causing the pedestal lamp next to the couch to turn on without him touching it.

HIRIS works with NEST thermostats, the Hue light system from Philips, and pretty much anything else that is either Bluetooth- or WiFi-capable. However, it doesn’t stop there. There’s also a Developer Section on their website that allows you to make your own HIRIS apps to control other devices.

The Capabilities Just Keep On Coming

Imagine you’re at work giving a presentation, but you don’t have a projector controller in your hand, maybe just a pointer. Tap your leg and wave your hand to the side and the slide changes. Those of you that own a GoPro camera can use the HIRIS to control it, too.

There are also sensors inside the watch that detect body and ambient temperature. Out on a hike and lost? Bring up the compass app and find your way home. Outdoors adventurers will also get a kick out of the altimeter feature. HIRIS also has add-on modules that resemble micro-SD cards that expand the capabilities even further. Like what you ask? Like a GPS tracking unit that plugs in and helps you with directions and maps. There’s also a mini-soundcard that gives HIRIS audio capabilities.

Two HIRIS Models Available

There are two different HIRIS models available, the Core unit and the Tracker unit. You need the Core unit to do anything, but you can pair the Tracker as a slave and get even fancier with what you’re doing. Athletes can strap the Core to their wrist and the Tracker to their leg and get detailed workout information. Dancers can do the same but perform motion analysis on their dance routines.

The Core runs about $200 while adding the Tracker bumps that up to about $265. That’s pretty reasonable considering other less capable wearable devices can cost over $300. HIRIS is available mainly through their Indiegogo campaign page.

Like I said, HIRIS is a computer that you wear on your wrist. As you can see, it’s a pretty full-featured computer, too. Let me know what you think about HIRIS in the comments below.