Magic Wand: Accelerometer + Remote Control

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Last week at a Gadgethon, I got to set my eyes on the Magic Wand in action. It’s a motion-based IR remote control. The person demoing the soon-to-be-released product was able to turn on his iPod, change the volume, and (after only two tries) turn off the music.

The wand has a total of thirteen gestures that can be programmed to output IR signals. The gestures can be re-programmed at any time when you have the original remote. Their website doesn’t list all of them, but the names are quite suggestive of the motion. They include Rotate (for volume), Flicks (for advancing tracks or channels), and Taps (I would think for Playing and Stopping).

The Magic Wand is a limited use item, but one that had the geeks in the audience salivating. It shows the continuing addition of sensors to everything. Of course it won’t have as much functionality as the remotes it’s complimenting (most likely this won’t actually replace remotes), but it will add a sense of fun that is definitely missing in most control devices. They will be available soon.

  • Erwin

    Well… if you add voice commands (flick to activate!) you can basically start Harry Pottering, I guess.

  • http://benow.ca Andrew Taylor

    Now, where to get an IR controlled nanobot fabricator swarm…

  • http://www.perey.com Christine Perey

    Hi Brady, Do you think some of the technologies used in this Magic Wand could leverage the built-in accelerometers in mobile phones? Use Bluetooth in place of IR?

    the workshop I’m chairing on October 19 at ISMAR 09 http://www.ismar-society.org/ismar2009/mobilewand.php is entitled “Mobile Magic Wand” but it is about Mobile Augmented Reality for consumers.

    The mobile phone becomes the Magic Wand/remote control on your life (already is for some).

  • http://wand-control.com Michael Hunger

    The Kymera Wand Community site is in the making at http://www.wand-control.com. Working together with the genius wand makers Chris Barnardo and Richard Blakesley of The Wand Company Ltd. we want to provide a place where wand users can get the latest information, share their experiences and stories and discuss anything related to the Kymera Wand. The wandmakers intend to handle their customer care forums and share news and information via our site.

    Happy Casting
    Michael

  • http://www.atlantageek.com Tommie Jones

    This could be interesting to drive powerpoint presentations. Advancing slides and triggering animations just with the ‘flick’ of your wand.