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The Bird 'ring' lets wearers control gadgets using finger flicks and swipes

  • The Bird 'ring' has been developed by Israel-based MUV Interactive 
  • Its algorithms analyse data from several built-in sensors in real time 
  • These sensors can tell what the finger is pointing at how it is moving
  • Movements are then digitally translated onto virtual touchscreens, or can be used to control smart lights and other gadgets around the home

By Victoria Woollaston for MailOnline

Published: 07:55 EST, 13 October 2015 | Updated: 08:30 EST, 13 October 2015

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Using touchscreens and controlling your household gadgets with your phone is so 2014.

An Israeli-startup has created a smart 'ring' that straps onto a person's finger and uses gestures to control a whole host of gadgets and items, from virtual screens to smart lights. 

Called Bird, it is fitted with sensors that accurately know what the wearer is pointing at, how they're moving their hands and what actions they are trying to carry out. 

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The Bird 'ring' (pictured) has been developed by Israel-based MUV Interactive and its algorithms analyse data from several built-in sensors in real time. These sensors accurately know what the wearer is pointing at, how they're moving their hands and what actions they are trying to carry out

The Bird 'ring' (pictured) has been developed by Israel-based MUV Interactive and its algorithms analyse data from several built-in sensors in real time. These sensors accurately know what the wearer is pointing at, how they're moving their hands and what actions they are trying to carry out

The small device looks similar to a pulse oximeter probe used in hospitals to monitor blood oxygen levels and heart rates, and slides onto the end of a forefinger.

It is fitted with an accelerometer as well as motion and proximity sensors that track the movement and location of the finger as it points towards a virtual screen or gadget. 

APPLE GRANTED PATENT FOR IRING

Last week, Apple was granted a patent for an ‘iRing’ that will be able to take photographs, text and tell the time - all while being small enough to wear on your an finger.

The smart ring will even feature a tiny touchscreen as well as apps that can be accessed using the thumb. 

A microphone will allow users to dictate text messages while a small camera can take photos. 

The ring will have biometric sensors to capture heart rate, perspiration levels and temperature so that health- conscious owners can keep tabs on their fitness.

The patent even includes plans to detect the writing motion of the user, allowing it to digitally record hand-written notes. 

Bird can also respond to voice and pressure using a built in algorithm. 

When pointing at a virtual screen, for example, pinching and swiping - in the same way a person would on a touchscreen - zooms in and scrolls through the online page. 

A video from Bird also shows the virtual screen being used as a canvas for children to 'draw' on in their bedroom.  

If the Bird is connected wirelessly to a smart TV or projector, the wearer can move their hand around the screen, select menus, annotate images and move on-screen objects without touching them.

And when used with smart lights, or smart thermometers, people can control dials and dim the switches through simple finger and hand gestures. 

The makers even suggest using Bird to remotely control drones. 

'[The Internet of Things] still demands that you look for your phone, unlock it, load the application and then start interacting with it,' said the firm. 

Bird can also respond to voice and pressure using a built-in algorithm. When pointing at a virtual screen (pictured) pinching and swiping - in the same way a person would on a touchscreen - lets the wearer zoom in and scroll through an online page

Bird can also respond to voice and pressure using a built-in algorithm. When pointing at a virtual screen (pictured) pinching and swiping - in the same way a person would on a touchscreen - lets the wearer zoom in and scroll through an online page

A video from Bird also shows the virtual screen being used as a canvas for children to 'draw' on in their bedroom.  If the Bird is connected wirelessly to a smart TV or projector, the wearer can move their hand around the screen, select menus, annotate images and move on-screen objects without touching them

A video from Bird also shows the virtual screen being used as a canvas for children to 'draw' on in their bedroom.  If the Bird is connected wirelessly to a smart TV or projector, the wearer can move their hand around the screen, select menus, annotate images and move on-screen objects without touching them

'With bird, nothing is simpler. 

'It will replace all of your remote controls and will free you from your tablet and phone. No switching devices. No waiting. No complications.' 

Bird users similar motion-tracking technology found in Leap Motion products and Microsoft's Kinect but is smaller, with the potential to be more accurate as a result. 

The makers even suggest using Bird to remotely control drones. Bird (pictured) is available to pre-order and the first 10,000 are available for $149 (£90). They will then go on sale for $249 (£164)

The makers even suggest using Bird to remotely control drones. Bird (pictured) is available to pre-order and the first 10,000 are available for $149 (£90). They will then go on sale for $249 (£164)

Last week, Apple was granted a patent for an ‘iRing’ that will be able to take photographs, text and tell the time - all while being small enough to wear on your an finger.

The smart ring will even feature a tiny touchscreen as well as apps that can be accessed using the thumb.  

Bird is available to pre-order now and the first 10,000 are available for $149 (£90). They will then go on sale for $249 (£164).

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