Asus exploring voice, hand movement control for upcoming wearable

Asus is exploring voice and hand movement control for its upcoming wearable, Asus chairman Jonney Shih told Focus Taiwan

The first wearable is presumed to be a smartwatch, following the rest of the industry, and Shih said it will be used to complement the smartphone, rather than be a supplement. 

"There would be more natural user interfaces such as voice or movement controls, although more breakthroughs are needed in these areas," Shih said. 

The small screen wearables have invoked a sense of frustration, when compared to a larger smartphone screen. Voice and hand movements are seen as a way to take the finger out of the mix, presumably making for a more intuitive experience. It would be a first for the wearable market. 

Asus told investors in November that it wanted to launch wearable devices at the Computex Taipei trade fair in June 2014. Insiders at the company have called the wearable "distinctive", though detailed information or press shots haven't been leaked of the device. 

Over the weekend, Google detailed it will be releasing an SDK for manufacturers to put Android on wearable devices. Like Asus, Google has been rumoured to base its smartwatch heavily on voice.

Shih further told Focus Taiwan on Monday that Asus will address power consumption with its wearable. The chairman said it will be lowered to roughly a tenth of what a smartphone uses, even though it will run voice and movement-based features.



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