2018 seems to be the year that consumer tech manufacturers decided the time was right to start focusing on gesture control. To be fair, the concept has been around for quite some time, and in fact was first popularized in consumer tech by Steve Jobs in 2007—the year he showed the world how our fingers could help drive the smartphone experience. But now, these gesture controls are moving from actual physical touching to simply waving and motioning when near a device.
In just the past year we’ve covered a number of product launches and even conducted some reviews of products that include some sort of gesture-based control system: there’s the Bragi Dash Pro, which is able to read head nods, taps on the cheek, and more; Navdy is the heads up display unit that senses waves of the hand to dismiss notifications and accept phone calls; Elliptic labs is a smart speaker sensor technology that uses ultrasound to detect motion and allow the user to interact with a product through gesture control; and then there’s Sharp with their Microwave Drawer that has a gesture-activation feature called Easy Wave Open.
And that’s just what we’ve been able to cover.