Disney Has Created The Coolest Smartwatch Technology

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Yes.. Disney (together with Carnegie Mellon University).. But seriously, this is one of the coolest technologies I’ve ever seen. Disney’s smartwatch can know what you are holding in your hand, or what you are touching. The idea is to sense the small electromagnetic waves conducted from everyday objects through your arm up to the smartwatch. They call it ‘EM Sense’..

So besides being a pretty awesome party trick what will it be useful for?

For example, when a user starts brushing their teeth EM-Sense detects this and a timer starts on their watch, so they know how long to brush for. Standing on an electronic scale meanwhile causes data to be captured and transferred to the screen of the watch.

It can get even smarter though, as by detecting patterns of appliance touches it can guess what you’re doing. For example, touch a fridge, followed by a stove in the morning and it might assume you’re making breakfast and offer to put the news on.

In another example the wearer opens their office door, triggering work-related reminders. When they leave at the end of the day and touch the door again it then triggers reminders for things to do on the way home, like buying milk.

Another clever use for it is to bypass passwords. Touch your laptop while wearing the EM-Sense equipped watch and, because the laptop knows that a user is touching it and the watch knows who that user is, you could unlock it automatically.

Now lets just hope this technology makes it to the market soon, and of course that it works as well as the demo video suggests.



Johny (John-Erik) Krahbichler is the CEO and main author of Gadgetzz, since 2009. While Mr. Krahbichler's expertise is in consumer electronics, his true passion is science´, and educating the world about the universe we inhabit. Check out the non-profit Scientific Literacy Matters Currently Johny is using his experience from covering trade shows such as the CES, to work with trade show exhibition marketing.

One Comment

  • digritz16. Nov, 2015

    You hope this makes it to market? Really? There is no doubt it’s pretty cool tech but that’s it on the high side.
    On the low side it’s just one more piece of tech we don’t need. Exactly how many gadgets do we need to survive our daily lives?
    A timer for brushing teeth…..NO NO NO! That is simply asinine. As we have progressed through time a species we have changed the
    world to meet our needs. It’s how we learned to not only survive but thrive in almost every environment on Earth.
    However now we are creating tech that does it for us. As the tech learns to survive and thrive, no I’m not talking a robot Armageddon,
    we unlearn those skills. It’s true that in our modern world there are many survival skills we don’t need however as we unlearn more
    and more we place ourselves at great risk. Maybe not now but if this trend continues and we relinquish more and more in the future
    it will.

    I am reminded of the horrible condition of the entire human race in the movie WALL-E. They could not survive without their tech
    and we are on that same path. The worst part of this is there are people that will get their hands on this and wonder how they ever lived without it.

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