Researchers at Dartmouth University and the University of Waterloo in Canada have produced Cito, a prototype watch face that moves in five directions.
The researchers say Cito, which has the ability to rotate, hinge, translate, rise, and orbit, significantly improves the functionality and addresses the limitations of conventional fixed-face watches.
"The Cito prototype is an exciting innovation that could give consumers even more great reasons to wear smartwatches," says Dartmouth professor Xing-Dong Yang.
He notes Cito aims to remove awkward moments associated with using smartwatches by improving how the device presents data to the wearer.
The five watch face movements can be performed independently or in combination.
The researchers plan to integrate innovations such as an ultrasonic motor to reduce bulk and increase battery life to make the actuated watch technology more practical.
They will present Cito on Wednesday at the ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2017) in Denver, CO.
From Dartmouth College
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