Major Takeaways:

  • Gest, developed by Apotact Labs, is a light-weight wearable motion controlled apparatus that determines relative finger position and transmits the positioning to a computer and/or mobile device.
  • The convenient factor here is that the Gest does not need to collect or analyze as much data as a hand-tracking device like Leap Motion.
  • The connection to VR would be as an input controller to replace keyboards, and provide an ability to ‘air-type’.
  • CEO Mike Pfister notes the company’s focus is on developing its software development kit, to support gestures for any motion tracking system, on any hardware.

From the article:

…Gest, pronounced “jest” and developed by fledgling startup Apotact Labs, is a weird experiment based on an eminently reasonable idea. It’s an adjustable black strap that fits around a user’s palm, attached by wires to four small bands that clip onto their fingers.


…The upshot, in theory, is that Gest is a light and convenient device that doesn’t have to collect and analyze the huge amount of data that something like the Leap Motion hand tracker would require. The battery can last longer (supposedly up to a “full day of work”), it can respond faster, and it doesn’t require a separate camera. It’s not meant to perfectly recreate the way your hand moves around a space, but to capture complex gestures that can be assigned to specific computer controls. While there’s no thumb clip, the designers say that’s because they can infer a lot of its motion from the way a user’s palm moves.

Apotact Labs CEO and co-founder Mike Pfister describes it as the motion control answer to a mouse and keyboard. At launch, it’ll work with Photoshop, supporting gestures that let users do things like adjust control sliders, add layers, and change brush sizes. It’s aimed at people who might be using a stylus and don’t want to put it down to type or click through a menu; they’ll use the stylus in their dominant hand and wear a Gest tracker on the other. It’s also aimed at the world of virtual reality, where there’s a huge need for controllers that work even when you can’t see them, particularly ones that replace standard computer keyboards. With a Gest on each hand, it’s possible to “air type,” with the device’s motion tracker aided by a predictive typing tool.



Head to The Verge for the full article.