AsianScientist (Jul. 13, 2016) – Say hi to ARmKeypad Air, which uses ‘smart’ glasses to turn the arm of a wearer into a virtual keyboard, allowing for contact-free use.
NEC Corporation, which developed the technology, first introduced a trial model of ARmKeypad in November 2015. That version used smart glasses together with a modified watch to turn the arm of the wearer into a virtual keyboard. Its readout, vibrations from the watch, requires contact with the device.
The newer ARmKeypad Air, however, has two key improvements in its design. Firstly, it uses augmented reality to create the image of a virtual keyboard on the forearm of a wearer, meaning that no watch is required. Secondly, it enables contact-free operation through the movement of a wearer’s finger, which makes it ideal for professions where wearing devices on the arm is not advisable, such as those carrying out medical procedures.
“Moving forward, NEC will use the ARmKeypad and ARmKeypad Air to help improve workplace efficiency in sectors where hands-free operation is required, such as manufacturing, medicine, security, and distribution,” said Mr. Yukio Maruyama, assistant general manager of the System Integration & Services Market Development Division at NEC.
Source: NEC Corporation.
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