This Disney Smartwatch Can Tell You What You’re Touching
No matter how old we are, we think we can all agree that Disney is magical. But we’re not sure we realised just how magical having seen the footage of a new ‘smartwatch’ made by the children’s entertainment giants.
Images and a video have been released by Disney Research Centre in partnership with the extremely clever Joes at Carnegie Mellon University that shows a wearable device that will tell you exactly what you’re touching. Sounds like magic, doesn’t it? Annoyingly it’s more scientifically logical than that!
So how does it work? Well, we’re obviously going to have to take Disney and Carnegie Mellon’s word for it but apparently each object on earth produces a signature electromagnetic (EM) signal. When Joes touch said object, this signal will run through their body. All the smartwatch does is able to identify this distinct pattern through a system called EM-Sense and tell you what kind of object you’re gripping or poking.
It sounds like witchcraft to us but if real, it’s incredible cool. But so what? Can this tech be used for anything useful? In short, definitely! Think about it – if you touch your bike handle, your smartwatch could be enabled to show you directions to your destination. A small example of what could be a world of possibilities.
To be honest, we’re still not convinced this is completely legitimate. The smartwatch seems to be incredibly quick and surely can’t take into account the different size and shapes of objects? Something as simple as a shoe comes in all different designs, textures and heights, for example.
Nevertheless it’s a brilliantly cool concept and there’s a video below that shows the smartwatch in action and explains things far better than we can!