CICRET – the future of wearables?

CICRET – the future of wearables?

Cicret brings the concept of wearable tech to a new level, projecting information from your phone directly onto your skin. Could this be the future of wearables - or just vapourware?

Bengaluru, India | Red Newswire | Dec 8, 2015 Last Updated at 11:30 AM IST.

There was disbelief. There was debate. But now, there's a prototype Forget the days of touting around phones with giant screens; now, all you need is your skin. With Cicret’s Bracelet (pronounced “secret"), your forearm is transformed into a touchscreen where you can read email, answer calls, and play games.

A four-man team from France has come up with the idea for a bracelet that can be used to turn the wearer's arm into a smartphone screen. While the bracelet is still in its concept stage, the team already has a name for it. The Cicret bracelet, a slim wristband that resembles the Jawbone Up, projects images into the skin of the wearer using a picoprojector and has a line of eight sensors that detects where the user places his finger.

A promotional video made for Cicret, which has amassed nearly 4 million views on YouTube, shows the bracelet, if it ever becomes a real product, in action. With a simple twist of the wrist, users can turn on Cicret which is connected to a mobile device via the Cicret app, also still in development.

The video shows users swiping, tapping and pinching the skin on their forearms to read emails, play games and view maps as well as take a call on their connected smartphone by tapping their forearm to turn on the speaker phone features. Apparently, the bracelet is also going to be waterproof, as the video shows one user checking his email while taking a bath.

The bracelet claims to work by projecting 8 long-range proximity sensors from pinholes in the bracelet. Interfacing with the device is made possible by interrupting the proximity sensors. The sensors then send information back to the processor embedded in the Cicret Bracelet. Each bracelet contains an accelerometer, memory card, processor, vibe motor, micro usb port, battery, long-range proximity sensors, pico-projectors, Bluetooth, WiFi, and LED.

The primary issue with the Apple Watch, for instance, has been that it's simply an accessory to handle some primary functions of the iPhone, but has too small an interface to navigate properly with touch. The Cicret Bracelet would be like having a phone embedded into your arm, and that's more in line with what customers want.

Even if it hasn't actually been developed, there's no reason it couldn't be and designers should be paying attention to products like these--imagination, after all, fosters innovation.

"With the Cicret Bracelet, you can make your skin your new touchscreen," says the Cicret team on its website. "Read your mails, play your favorite games, answer your calls, check the weather, find your way... Do whatever you want on your arm."

A promotional video made for Cicret, which has amassed nearly 4 million views on YouTube, shows the bracelet, if it ever becomes a real product, in action. With a simple twist of the wrist, users can turn on Cicret which is connected to a mobile device via the Cicret app, also still in development.

CICRET – the future of wearables?

The team at Cicret is currently raising funds to make their vision a reality. Currently, Cicret says it needs a total of 1 million euros to develop both the prototype and the Cicret app. As of now, more than 3,200 people have donated to the project. Anyone interested can make donations of any amount through the group's PayPal account instead of a standard crowdfunding campaign.

Pommier says Cicret has opened its own Indiegogo campaign earlier this year. Cicret tried to raise $500,000 to fund its project, but Pommier says the team decided to close the campaign after lukewarm response because they would not be able to deliver pre-ordered prototypes if they were unable to reach their half-a-million-dollar goal.

By:  Kowshik Balaji @Rednewswire