This is an academic project developed in 2012, Electrolux Sense is a conceptual bracelet that provides its user with full awareness and control of his home and its appliances. Sense uses vital signs as an analogy to seamlessly inform its wearer about the current state of any device in the house. Tactile stimuli and gesture tracking allow the user to control any device in the house.
By making the selection gesture and pointing to an appliance it would communicate that it is ready to be used. By gently pressing the bracelet - similar to a natural reflex - the a device will tell the user it was selected. Small changes in the selection gesture allow the user to select more than one appliance or all of the same kind.
After selecting a device and commanding it to start working, the user can feel how strong and fast the appliance`s “heart” is beating, as a representation of the intensity of operation it is put through. Achieving a higher temperature, or spinning faster naturally demands more effort; these are key factors when determining the machine`s heart race. Aware of how “hard” an appliance is working the user can then stimulate it to work stronger or calm it down, all by gestures. This vital sign is felt through rhythmic pressure and a discreet beating sound.
Some appliances are made to work for a given amount of time. The period in which they will operate is associated to its breathing rate. Long deep breaths indicate there is still a long time to go. Towards the end of its task the appliance becomes more anxious and breathes in a faster rate with shorter movements, getting fatigued comparable to what living beings experience after a demanding task.
The backlight of the bracelet will glow following the appliances’ breathing rate.
Some appliances need the user to navigate through menus, or to provide directional input; that can be easily done by naturally moving or browsing with your hands in the air.
Because input does not occur in numerical units with high precision, the gesture interpretation would be optimized for each appliance to keep setting between reasonable and predicted values.
Due to its flexible and folding nature, the bracelet can fit most wrist sizes.