Posted in news on March 29, 2017 11:02 am EDT

Welle Announces New Wall-Mountable Automation Device

Welle (pronounced vell-uh) is a smart device reported to instantly turn any surface into a "smart" interface using sonar technology through hand gestures.

Welle can be wall-mounted and used to control PowerPoint presentations in teaching environments. Image courtesy of Welle.


 

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By Church Designer Staff

The modern world of control devices has a new protege -- Welle (pronounced vell-uh). Welle is a smart device that instantly turns any surface into a “smart” interface using sonar technology through hand gestures. Welle gives users the ability to employ unlimited simple gestures to control their favorite Internet of Things (IoT) devices, appliances, and apps – so powerful, its makers report, that it even tracks finger movements and recognizes handwriting. With Welle, the entire surface becomes connected to sonar, allowing users' hand gestures to control all of their smart devices, such as lights, TVs, speakers, doors, thermostats, cameras, curtain/blinds, fans; and even PowerPoint presentations, apps, and IFTTT (If this, then that) conditional task applets, and more.

Uses Sonar-Based Gesture Control to Connect to All Kinds of IoT Devices & Appliances

Welle works in the home, office, or anywhere with a Bluetooth connection. Simply place the tiny Welle on any convenient surface or location, or mount Welle on a wall with its included 3M stickers. Working as a universal remote for all kinds of IoT devices and appliances, Welle uses the most advanced sonar-based gesture control, replacing multiple traditional remote controls for a convenient and enjoyable connected office or gathering space experience. Welle recognizes standardized gestures and also lets users assign their own gestures or handwriting short-cuts to interact with devices everywhere in their lives.

“Human hands are one of nature’s most perfect creations. They are highly sensitive and can manipulate objects with fine dexterity. The iPhone ushered in the era of touch control, but its under-glass technology diminishes the hand’s tactile feel.... "

—Mark Zeng, CEO, Welle

Some Background

Welle means “wave” in German, and Welle’s logo shows two fingers tracking human gestures with ultrasonic waves. Welle uses sonar technology, advanced ultrasonic signals used in the military, automotive and drone markets, that can accurately track human movements. Welle’s Sonar Technology transmits signal pulses and collects the reflected energy back from targets, identifying motions, gestures, and finger movements from the echoed signals. These echoes are translated into different instructions and words to IoT devices using an advanced hardware design and software algorithms. The Welle Sonar Technology tracks users fingers when they touch a surface and can even recognize handwriting motions, transforming them into customized actions. Conventional gesture detectors, such as those used in smartphones, only provide single gesture readings. In contrast, Welle provides rich information, such as trajectory data and digitized gestures, enabling a wide variety of control functions for everyday convenience.

Welle Controls Any Device

· Thermostats

· Coffee makers

· Lights

· Windows shades/curtains

· TVs

· Doors

· Speakers

· Locks

Welle's small-sized device, weighing just 3.5 ounces, has measurements of 2.97 inches by 1.38 inches by 0.64 inches.

“Human hands are one of nature’s most perfect creations. They are highly sensitive and can manipulate objects with fine dexterity. The iPhone ushered in the era of touch control, but its under-glass technology diminishes the hand’s tactile feel, limiting the ability to control devices with a high degree of sensitivity,” says Mark Zeng, CEO of China-based Welle. “Welle overcomes this obstacle by creating convenient controls for people at [at work and at home]. The feedback has been amazing. People first say, ‘Wow!’ and then they ask how they can get a Welle for themselves and their friends.”

Open API Now Available for Software & Hardware Developers

Welle provides an open Application Programming Interface (API) for software and hardware developers to redefine gestures, creating infinite possibilities for controlling devices and apps. The product was created by a highly advanced team of scientists, visionaries, mathematicians, physicists, and electrical engineers at MagnusTech. Established in 2014, MaxusTech created Welle when they realized the limitations of current control methods and limited interactive surface on devices, which undermines the user experience. Based in Shenzhen, China, MaxusTech provides human-computer interaction technologies and novel HCI solutions to their business partners. Their goal is to make tools that address human needs by amplifying human capabilities to “Make machines sense the world.”

Welle launched at the end of March 2017 on Kickstarter at: (visit link).

 

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