NEWYORK – A group of Boston techies is taking smartphone gloves to a new level by turning them into a remote control for your phone.
Company calling the technology the GoGlove. It’s is a way to control your smartphone with the tap of a finger. Ben Harris, co-founder of Easier to Use, which developed the GoGlove, said the idea came to him while he was out on the slopes with some friends.
The time it took to take his phone out of his pocket, take off his gloves, change the song or adjust the volume, and then put everything back, put him way behind the rest of the group, who he said were already to the bottom of the hill. Harris knew he wanted to come up with an easier way to use his phone without needing to touch the screen.
“We’re finding people love being able to control their phone remotely. They’re leaving their phone in their pocket or purse and are really able to have the same control of their phone as if it were in their hand,” he said.
The GoGlove is designed to allow people running, biking, walking or hitting the slopes to use their music, camera, GoPro, or listen to texts by tapping their fingers rather than taking the phone out and manually using it. “Whatever your phone can do, you can control with GoGlove,” said Harris.
A Bluetooth module in the glove is connected to sensors in the fingertips, according to GoGlove Designer Eric Ely. Each sensor controls different functions on the phone when it’s tapped. “It’s all based on the magnet in your thumb and the sensor on your finger tip,” he said. “You just tap the magnet to the individual finger… as well as one at the base of your index finger.”
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