Motus | A simple gesture and hotkey wireless device
Motus | A simple gesture and hotkey wireless device
Motus a simple, open source 3D gesture & hotkey interface to control your world of creative and productive apps & it's made in Canada
Motus a simple, open source 3D gesture & hotkey interface to control your world of creative and productive apps & it's made in Canada Read more
Our first bit of press check out http://www.lfpress.com/2014/07/29/london-entrepreneur-introduces-a-system-that-operates-a-computer-by-hand-movements
Over the years we've seen so much technology come and go. But one thing that's been consistent is the interaction. The staples of the keyboard and mouse served the office revolution well, and have been the cornerstones for CAD programs, graphic design and media manipulation.
However, as we've entered a world of increasing complex interactions and 3D design, the tools have not really evolved. YOU the maker, the designer, the engineer, the creator are separated from your creation.
Just think about that for a minute.
You think in 3 dimensions... but work in only 2.
The very tools used by some of the most forward thinking people are over 3 decades old.
Motus is here to change all that.
Motus breaks down the barriers between creator and creation, speeding up design time and giving creators unprecedented access to their creations. Motus allows you to move and interact with your work as never before.
Motus doesn't use a camera or any type of image recognition, the gestures are detected by a technology that is similar to a capacitive button that's stretched into space. This allows Motus to have a working area from 0 - 20 cm; from the surface your hand is already resting. This technology is not affected by light or noise, so Motus can be used in pitch black to full sunlight with no change in performance. The simple hardware design also allows all the processing to be done on its own processor and uses about as much of your systems resources as a conventional mouse. Motus also contains 15 user assignable capacitive touch buttons, so not only do you have the freedom and power of gestures to improve and speed up your workflow, but also a plethora of hotkeys that you can map to your most used and favorite keys or sequences. This keeps you working without your tools getting in the way, slowing you down and limiting your flexibility. It also allows us to make Motus Bluetooth enabled.
In addition to all the technology, Motus looks amazing.
It looks like it belongs in a designers office. Its solid anodized aluminum body is sleek, with edge to edge gorilla glass and just a slight angle for your hand to rest on.
The weight of the aluminum and rubber feet keep Motus from sliding away from you. Its shape allows it to be easily picked up. The glass is resistant to scratches chips and cracks, surface finishing and anodizing produces a hard finish that will last for years.
Where did the name Motus come from, and what does it mean? Its Latin for movement, or motion. When looking at its principal and other usages the name seemed fitting.
- mōtus m (genitivemōtūs); fourth declension
- A movement, motion.
- (by extension) An advance, progress.
- (figuratively) A movement, operation, impulse, passion; disturbance; sensation.
- (figuratively) A political movement, tumult, commotion, revolt, rebellion.http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/motus
I (Brad Young) have been working with CAD for about 15 years, over the last 10 years I have been trained as a designer and for five years worked almost every day, all day as a CAD operator/designer. Multiple times over those years I have been really frustrated when trying to manipulate a 3D design by some combination of buttons presses and dragging a mouse in 2D space. I've looked and even considered purchasing a traditional 3D mouse, but it just didn't give the right amount of control.
Over the last few years I went back to school to add a diploma in electronics to my existing diploma in mechanical design. As I was doing some research for another project I stumbled across several components and technologies. Right away, I saw how they could come together to make a better CAD tool than what was available. Motus was born.
Motus was designed with designers in mind. Motus in its infancy was intended as a tool for CAD designers, but we quickly saw uses and applications outside CAD like video and photo editing, graphic design, and MIDI control; flexibility that existing devices didn't have. The original idea was for an interface that would allow a designer to interact with their designs with basic gestures. Simple up and down and side to side movements would relate to zooms, pans, and rotating the model.
As the idea progressed, capacitive buttons were added as adaptable hot keys to speed up work flow and minimize alternating your hand between keyboard and Motus.
Motus was still confined to the desktop, tethered through USB. The addition of Bluetooth came about during a conversation where it was asked if Motus could be setup to allow someone to rotate models or flip through pictures and PDFs on their tablet. The addition of Bluetooth also simplifies the setup for those that are on the go and want to open up their laptop and start working.
A lot has happened in the 12 months since Motus’ inception: schematic design, PCB layout, lots of sketches, mechanical design, quotes, prototypes, consulting with a variety of suppliers and production facilities.
However, there’s still a few things needed to fully bring Motus to life and get it in the hands of many.
- Further PCB testing and refinement
- Mechanical Fit/Finish
- FCC, IC, EU & other government certifications
- Purchase tooling
- Large enough initial quantity to make Motus affordable
- Firmware, software and driver development
We have local North American suppliers and/or manufacturers for all components and sub assemblies and are working with them on developing production plans. Driver, firmware and software development is the next major focus, and we will be looking to hire or contract out most of that development.
With further software maturity we see easy integration into numerous design software packages, and expanding into daily tasks like: web surfing, and gaming, and with Motus' Bluetooth connectivity: remote tablet, smart TV and home automation control. We have also been talking with several musicians, and we see possibilities for using your foot or hand to swipe through guitar effects, drum loops, sample sets, as well as midi and personal mix controls.
There are several software fronts that need to be addressed.
- Firmware. The native software on the processor in Motus. A production ready version needs to be completed. Future firmware will be able to be updated through USB.
- Drivers. We might be able to use a basic HID driver, but if not, Initial drivers will be written for Windows, Mac and Linux. Are their other operating systems that you will want drivers for? Let us know in the comments section.
- Dashboard. This allows hotkey mapping, user configuration settings and the like.
- Direct Plugins/Scripts. Integration for specific software packages. Let us know which software you would love to use Motus with in the comments section. We will use the amount of comments to pick which software packages we will focus on first.
- SDK, Software Development/Developers Kit so everyone can share in some Motus integration love.
Ideas Un Limited is a small company, technically one person. We have been completely self funded, no angel investors, no venture capitalists, no bank loans, no incubators. Everything has been done over lunch hours, evening and weekends, and funded by just a few dollars earned from service design work. Simply put, we can’t go any further without your help.
We need to raise enough money to finish development and start ordering production quantities, as well, we need early feedback, questions and comments.
We’re looking for both funding and input from the crowd. We think we have a great product, but we want it to be a truly excellent product, and we need you to make that happen.
What do you mean designed and assembled in North America?
All the design work, and programming has been and will continue to be done in North America, primarily London Ontario Canada. Prototypes and production parts have been and will continue to be ordered from North American based shops and companies, we've made it a habit to try and work with shops that are within a 2 hour drive. This gives us great freedom to quickly meet and discuss development details, and production concerns, reduces money spent on long logistics loops, foster and support local manufacturing know how.
Risks and challenges
As with any new product there are always risks. To minimize risk everything outside of base level components is manufactured and assembled here in Southwestern Ontario Canada, within a short drive. The Motus team has been working with large established manufacturers from first concepts to glean from their years of experience and for tight integration with their manufacturing processes.
1. One of the ICs we are using is a new device, there could be delays in its release and low initial quantities. To minimize this, parts will be ordered as soon as funds clear, which will provide sufficient time for stock replenishment.
2. If Motus doesn't pass one of the certification process there would be a quick tweak of the circuit or PCB design and retest - 2-3 week delay
3. If large initial demand, machining facility could be heavily taxed. Fortunately here in Southwestern Ontario there are many excellent machine shops, plus our primary shop has significant capacity which helps to mitigate this.
4. Software development, at the time of writing we are looking for/talking to a few strong software engineer to write and develop the required software, drivers, etc.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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