The Apple Watch could get a feature in the future, which allows the operation of the smartwatch without touching the display. However, you could not only control the smartwatch yourself via the suggested gestures: Obviously, the technology is also intended for apps like VR games.

The competent US office has released a patent from Apple, which describes a gesture control for the Apple Watch. As Patently Apple reports, the smartwatch should be able to detect the veins in the user’s hand via a camera. Based on this data, the clock could then sense how the fingers are moving – and use these finger gestures for input.

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Depending on how the fingers move, users could then trigger different actions. As application examples, Apple apparently names augmented reality and virtual reality. So it might be possible to control a VR game with the Apple Watch. The smartwatch would probably act as a kind of controller and mediator in this scenario, passing all finger gestures to the game. Another example would be the call acceptance via finger gestures.


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For the technology obviously sensors are needed, which are in the bracelet – opposite the heart rate sensor. Apple should equip a future Apple Watch with the feature, the smartwatch bracelets should cost significantly more than the current.


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It is not unlikely that Apple will turn the patent into reality. Also, LG has already tried to control by hand gestures, as you can read in our review of the G8 ThinQ . However, the South Koreans capture the finger movements directly with a camera and do not detect them by means of the veins in the wrist.

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