WITgrip aims for revolution in wearables
New wearable concept aims to put devices where they are needed most
A new invention aims to put connected devices exactly where users need them - mounted on their wrists.
The Wearable Interactive Technology grip - WITgrip -which has been created by Dr Raj Partheban, is a development in wrist-worn wearable technology which aims to ensure that users are always in touch with their connected devices.
With the increased proliferation of smart controls at home, and the rise of contactless payments, users need to have their devices easily accessible at all times. The WITgrip, which has been extensively patented by Dr Partheban, is intended to put the device in the most convenient position.
"Devices to control smart homes and cities are capable of more than ever, but this has not disrupted the way they are used - simple ergonomics have prevented this," said Dr Partheban.
"It's great that you can use your phone to dim the lights to set the mood in your room, but what's the point if you don't always have your phone on you at home. To improve interaction with the smart home we need a disruptive solution, and I believe this lies in adapting existing technologies to make them truly wearable with WITgrip."
Dr Partheban founded WITgrip as a startup company, with patents and IP for the wrist-mounted wearable concept. He got the idea when learning to fly, as pilots and navigators often wear their wristwatches on the inside of the wrist, to make it easier to glance at the time while holding a chart. By mounting the smartphone or watch on the side of the wrist, on top, the WITgrip makes it more ergonomic and intuitive to view the device, Partheband said.
"In the smart home, WITgrip provides the user with a wearable controller, allowing them to interact with the home fully and intuitively at all times," said Partheban. "This then becomes a normal, habitual and desirable part of daily life that can extend into applications outside of the home as well."
"With a payment chip in a wristband, we will naturally go to scan the outside edge of the wrist, not the back of the wrist where a smartwatch would be traditionally worn," said Partheban. "This means we don't have to contort our bodies to create a connection between the device and the payment terminal."
This position also enables users to readily reach further and easily position the wrist to make the contactless payment. With the payment chip embedded in one side of the wristband and the device on the other, users can also potentially see that the payment has been made correctly on the wrist-mounted screen. As well as improving user experience and convenience, this also benefits payment security.
"It's not having this information on a smartphone that's important," explained Partheban. "What's key is that this information is right there on the wrist, and in the best anatomical viewing position."
"With WITgrip, we can enhance the way we interact in smart homes and cities simply by wearing our technology in the right way," says Partheban. "WITgrip will give users a comfortable, interactive experience with their device and will help manufacturers to ensure their technologies have a place in the smart homes and cities of the future."
WITgrip aims to develop strategic partnerships with organisations such as mobile phone manufacturers, technology companies and wristwatch makers.