Nod, a venture-backed startup that is already at advanced-prototype stage, is now offering its gesture-control ring for pre-order at $149.
Gesture control is all the rage, especially with wearable devices gaining ground among both early adopters and the mainstream population. Smartwatches still work on the same principle of touchscreens, like with their smartphone counterparts. But the usual means of controlling wearables is by voice, such as with Google Glass. However, this comes with some limitations, as expressed by the founder of Fin, another crowd-funded startup marketing a wearable gesture-control ring.
Nod, a venture-backed startup, is also offering a ring that controls devices through gestures and swipes. Meant for controlling devices like smart TVs, wearables, and even other connected devices like thermostats, Nod also addresses the limitations of other input methods like voice.
“We took a step back and looked at how we’ve progressed from plug panels and dip switches to the mouse in the PC era, and then touch in the mobile era, and we were like ‘what’s next?’,” says Nod Labs founder and CEO Anush Elangovan. “Speech has always been one part of it, but speech doesn’t work in a crowded room for example, so the next obvious one is gestures.”
Like Fin, the Nod ring connects to devices via Bluetooth, and it uses a mix of different sensors in achieving its goal.
The difference with Nod is that it offers micro-gesture controls through its highly sensitive sensors. It supports subtle swipes and brushes, as well as two-finger controls, which include rotation of one’s fingers. The ring is more sensitive than the typical gaming mouse, at about 32K DPI sensitivity, which means developers can take motion and gesture control to the next level. According to the founders, Nod’s API is open for developers, and making software compatible with the ring should be a simple as adding a few lines of code.
TechCrunch says the notable difference with Nod is its backing from two high-profile Silicon Valley VCs, particularly Menlo Ventures and Sequoia Capital. The company is also in its advanced prototype phase with Nod, which means they’re close to bringing the device to production.
Currently, Nod is already accepting pre-orders for $149 apiece, with shipping expected to start this Fall. Check out the demonstration video below.