updated 09:12 pm EDT, Mon May 26, 2014
Patent applications hint at gesture recognition using both hands
Samsung's wearable devices could include gesture recognition in the future, according to one of a number of recently-published patent applications. Listings on the United States Patent and Trademark Office website suggest the company is looking into ways to add gestures to its smart watch, not only through the movement of the device, but also by recognizing actions close to it.
Using the example of the Gear 2, the filings spotted by SammyToday suggests the smart watch could use its built-in camera to detect specific hand actions and movements, such as forming a fist, performed by the free hand. By using the camera, this would in theory allow the wearer control of the smart watch without covering up the screen with their fingers, an issue specific to touch-screen devices.
The other filings appear to hint at a possible version of the smart watch with a round face, similar to the Moto 360, in order to demonstrate various graphical user interfaces. While it is possible Samsung is looking into making a round face watch, it is possible these are just designs for the purposes of the patent applications.