We all have faced the situation at least once in our lifetime when we need to use our phone with our hands busy with something else. You can’t use your phone or tablet to consult a recipe while your hands are covered with sticky dough, or change the song while you’re in the shower. What if you could control your devices as well as some apps with just a flick of your hand? Well, apart from the sci-fi movies, you can do it now for real with a device called Bixi.
Bixi is a cute little hexagon device that brings wireless gesture controls to your connected smartphones, tablets, as well as other smart devices. Using a patent-pending Time of flight optical sensor, it detects the gestures of your hand in the 25 centimeters or so of air above it.
Control your device without touching them
The device lets you control your smart devices as well as the apps on your smartphone without even touching them. You can switch on/off your Lifx/Hue bulb while changing the song on Spotify. It comes with a compatible Bixi app where t sends a Bluetooth LE signal after reading your hand’s movement. After instantly reading the signal, the app delivers a command to the devices you wish to control via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi connections. You can use Bixi to control a whole host of name-brand tech, such as Sonos, Apple TV, Nest, etc. you can also control your PowerPoint presentation with it.
If you’re a cyclist, Bixi has something special for you. The company is pledging a turn-by-turn navigation feature in Bixi across 2017. When you’re approaching a nearby turn, the LEDs, ordered in an x-shape, will light up to indicate right or left. You will also be able to use the gesture controls to control your smartphone or GoPro at the same time. The company claims the battery should run from 3 weeks to 2 months, depending on how frequently you use them.
Originally announce don CES, Bixi is currently on Kickstarter and already surpassed the goal with more than a month to spare. The device is available for pre-order at the retail price of $79, and all the customers should receive their devices by March 2017.