WristFlex: Low-Power Gesture Input with Wrist-Worn Pressure Sensors

Artem Dementyev, Joseph A. Paradiso


In this paper we present WristFlex, an always-available onbody gestural interface. Using an array of force sensitive resistors (FSRs) worn around the wrist, the interface can distinguish subtle finger pinch gestures with high accuracy (>80%) and speed. The system is trained to classify gestures from subtle tendon movements on the wrist. We demonstrate that WristFlex is a complete system that works wirelessly in realtime. The system is simple and light-weight in terms of power consumption and computational overhead. WristFlex’s sensor power consumption is 60.7 µW, allowing the prototype to potentially last more then a week on a small lithium polymer battery. Also, WristFlex is small and non-obtrusive, and can be integrated into a wristwatch or a bracelet. We perform user studies to evaluate the accuracy, speed, and repeatability. We demonstrate that the number of gestures can be extended with orientation data from an accelerometer. We conclude by showing example applications.

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