With wearables gaining some traction, smartphones and tablets are by no means the only mobile devices around nowadays. Now, Cicret is looking to take things a step further and turn your arm into a smartphone.
The Cicret Bracelet is a small wristband that looks similar to the Jawbone Up, conceived 12 months ago and designed over the course of 6 months.
The Bracelet comprises a pico projector and a row of eight proximity sensors that point towards the user’s forearm.
It operates as a standalone device. When it is activated with a twist of the wrist, projects an Android interface onto the users arm, much like Chris Harrison’s Skinput research.
The proximity sensors allow them to interact with the interface as they would any other Android device and detect where the user’s finger or fingers are.
There are many probable advantages to turning normal objects into mobile devices, but projected touch screens typically lack the responsiveness and visual clarity of the glass screens we’re used to. This projected keyboard, delivered a poor typing experience.
If the Cicret Bracelet can improve on the technology, to make something we’d actually want to use, It should be interesting to see.
Elsewhere, the Cicret Bracelet features an accelerometer and an oscillation module, along with an LED for notifications. Connectivity to device is provided by a way of Bluetooth , Wifi and a Micro USB port. It‘s expected to be made available in 16 and 32 GB models.
This device will allow users to receive and send emails, browse the web, play games and also be possible for users to pair it with an existing smartphone, answer incoming phone calls and activate the speakerphone functionality on their smartphone.
Cicret is in the process of establishing funds for the further evolution and manufacture of the Bracelet, but Pommier says he expects the device to reach the mass market within 1 year and 6 months. The device could cost above $400.Based on what the company’s research suggests people would be willing to pay.
Guillaume Pommier co-founder of Cicret , tells Gizmag that the first prototype is due for completion in three weeks time.