19 Apr 2016

When we weren’t exploring the idea of Invisible UI (and embarrassment prevention) through Noti-FLY or starting a digital dance party with Döppeldancer this SXSW, we were exploring gestural control through Invoc. What’s that? Funny you asked…


It’s all in the wrist! InVōc implements an Android Wear watch and gesture control, giving you the wizard-like ability to control your environment using small motions—and no screen. Want to get out of a boring meeting? Tug your earlobe and boom! That call you just “have to take” magically arrives.


A smartwatch is equipped with an accelerometer that captures motion data. Through a process of analysis, classification and comparison, this data can be used to create recognized gestures, which the watch can utilize to control applications. In other words, you can program various gestures to execute commands.

A real-world scenario: Imagine you have company over and your iTunes on shuffle. You’re all having a great time…until Taylor Swift comes on. Depending on your company, you’re either going to want to a) turn it up full blast (no shame), or b) skip immediately to the next song and blame a glitch in the Apple matrix. Typically, you’d have to fumble with your phone or other device or scream at Alexa to perform the desired action. But what if, instead, you could simply control the music using gestures? A quick motion of turning a knob could crank the volume up or down, while a flick of the wrist could skip to the next song.


  • An Android Wear watch equipped with an accelerometer – Measures the force of gravity on three different axis.
  • An algorithm – Analyzes motion data and looks for common features.
  • An Android mobile application – Stores and communicates gesture data.


This isn’t just applicable to controlling music. Gestures could be used as discrete, efficient and often imperceptible commands programmed for countless purposes. For example, remember the last time you were on a boring meeting? What if you’d been able to make a small, pre-programmed gesture, recognized by your smartwatch, and instantly receive an “important call.”

“Sorry…I’ve got to take this.”

Forget the screen. Avoiding awkward social situations is just a scratch of the brow, flick of the wrist or wave of the hand away.