With Hayo, Control Home Appliances with Hand Gestures
The advent of Internet of Things (IoT) has seen more homes going connected. While the concept of controlling objects using gestures isn’t entirely new, Hayo (pronounced high- oh) wants to transform objects and spaces at home into virtual remote controls for IoT devices and other connected ones.
Using a patented spatial analysis technology, Hayo’s AR-based platform creates virtual controls in the air or on objects through movement sensing features. According to the company, there are futuristic plans of using artificial intelligence to learn behaviours and “help meet moment-to-moment needs”.
While connected to a Wi-Fi network, place the device in the preferable room to set up. The device scans the area and creates a 3D image map of the room, using the built-in cameras (a depth camera and normal camera (RGB)) and infrared sensors.
Meanwhile, the smartphone app (Android and iOS) is then used to program signals to use in different parts of the room such as waving the hand to control the speaker, wriggling the fingers to dim the light or tapping the fingers to turn-on the TV. Up to 15 virtual controls can be set up at a time for each device.
Hayo is said to work with a number of internet of things platforms including – LIFX, IFTTT, hue, wemo, amazon dash, nest, SONOS, and chromecast. The device is currently being crowdfunded on Indiegogo and as at the time of writing, it has managed to raise $27,875 out of $80,000 with a month left to go.