About this project
"Any 80's babies remember the show Captain Planet? Remember those awesome rings the kids had that controlled the earth's elements (and heart...lame)? Well the Arcus Motion Analyzer is a bit like those rings, but instead of controlling the earth, it can control your Bluetooth devices (and if you have a Bluetooth enabled fan, you could control the wind)." - InventorSpot.com
"Basically, no matter what high school clique you were involved with (jocks, geeks, gym rats — you get the picture), you can probably find a use for this brilliant tracker ring." - Brit.co
"Back when mobile phones were just beginning to find their feet in terms of popularity, convergence seemed to be the order of the day. The theory of convergence suggested that the functions of all the devices that you might need on a daily basis could be combined into one device that took care of everything. A new device called the Arcus Motion Analyzer seems to be leading this charge towards convergence in the wearable sphere. Smartly combining an activity tracker with a gesture recognition device, it seems that its designers have opted to give it the functionality of one of the hottest devices on the market at present, as well as a hot tip for the next big thing in tech." - Wearable.co.uk
I am using remote controllers, but each one is hard to learn, and I am getting confused by them all the time. Why can’t I just control things naturally?
You don’t need to care about remote controllers. You can get lost in the game.
[VIDEO DEMO UNLOCKED]
NOTE: We are developing the software with the older, bulkier prototypes. Its not the final form.
[VIDEO DEMO LOCKED - goal of 100k $]
I hold presentations, but I can’t grab enough people’s attention!
You can impress and entertain your audience with zooming, jumping, and navigating in your presentation like a boss.
[VIDEO DEMO LOCKED - goal of 50k $]
I am a designer. I want to manipulate 3D objects in a quick and effective way!
And with Arcus, there's nothing to stop you! No need to think about keyboard commands.
[VIDEO DEMO UNLOCKED]
I am a crazy scientist. Of course, I would control my robotic arms with it!
Okay, so be it. Controlling a robot never felt so cool!
[VIDEO DEMO LOCKED - goal of 200k$]
I have a fitness bracelet, but I was always wondering, is tracking one hand enough?
Maybe you should wear two of those bracelets! Ooor... maybe two rings instead? Are you doing sports where two hands are involved, such as kayaking or aerobics? It is simply a matter of wearing two rings to track the motion of both your hands.
Ok, tell me one more thing!
Arcus comes with a wireless charger. No plugs, no holes. Still not enough? A spherical enclosure will also be provided, giving you the possiblity to transform your Arcus into a tracking ball. Oh, and one more thing! While rolling that ball, Arcus will adapt to the magnetic conditions of your location giving you the best available motion sensing accuracy.
Use our ring size helper to get the proper size of your finger!
ARcus - 3D Augmented Reality
Arcus analyzer app will be prepared for both motion tracking and gesture control. It will have basic functionality first, but as our community grows, the more feature you'll have!
Each sport and different use case will have its own section in the application to provide the best and most relevant user experience.
The Arcus SDK enables any programmer to create apps for new use-cases and other sport sections inside the application, or to create standalone solutions too.
The Arcus mobile application will be available for FREE for all Bluetooth Low Energy supported devices with the following platforms:
- Android 4.3+ phones and tablets
- iOS 7 phones and tablets
Windows Phone 8.1 smartphones
- Windows 8.1 PC-s and tablets
- [LOCKED - stretch goal] MAC machines
- [LOCKED - stretch goal] Linux machines
You will have special functions for the following sports:
- swimming - basic metrics (stroke style, stroke efficiency, total distance, total effort)
- tennis - basic metrics (we asked the guys behind Shot Stats Challenger to help us with it, we would love to co-operate with them)
- kayaking - two hands swing tracking, stroke counting
- [LOCKED] - aerobics (the guys at Idoo stated, they would modify their application to be able to work with two rings)
- [LOCKED - other sports]
The electronics of Arcus includes AHRS (Attitude and Heading Reference System) and wireless charging technology. Thanks to our co-operation with 221e, we now have fully functional and tested modules that implement these two key functions of Arcus in a very small size.
Integrating these two modules into one circuit board means we managed to arrange the components in a special flex-rigid circuit board which can bend into the interior of various sized Arcus. In fact, we worked hard to ensure that the electronics would fit all US ring sizes from 5 to 16 (altough we are providing sizes 7-14 first, we plan on extending the available ring scales). Final sized PCB design prototyping is still an ongoing process, and it requires some expensive licenses that we can only afford if we manage to succeed in this campaign.
To provide you a product that has a good operating time with one charge, we needed to put a relatively big battery in it. Finding a good-looking shape that includes both the battery and electronics was not easy. We thought a bulky signet ring wouldn't be very attractive, so we got bolder, and we started to build up a more organic shape until we reached the final form of Arcus.
NOTE: The first showcased ring is an earlier prototype including the same AHRS and wireless charging solution intended to be used in the final version. The second one is equipped with the AHRS technology and realizes the same size as the production ring. Our next step is to implement all features in the final sized ring in addition to the motion sensing technology, such as wireless charging and user interface (LEDs and touch sensitive sensors).
Arcus would not have been possible without the contributions of Marco Signorelli, Daniele Comotti and Michael Galizzi, the guys from 221e, who are helping us with the wireless charging and AHRS technology.
Attrecto is one of the leading mobile development shops in the CEE region with references such as T-Mobile, SAP, AUDI, GE Lighting, Vodafone and Mercedes-Benz, just to name a few. Check out the Arcus AR application on Google Play and iTunes!
The Arcus Motion Team has been working with sensor technologies for 3 years. We are real smart life fans who are constantly looking for solutions to the needs of everyday life.
The team includes electrical and software engineers, a product designer and a marketing specialist.
Hi Guys, my name is Krisztián.
About 3 years ago, as a hobby musician I had this pain, that I cannot make sound effects (like distortion) while playing the synth with both hands. I could use only one hand for playing, and I had to use the other one to grab a potentiometer or a slider.
Basically, that's how it all started, and while I managed to learn more and more about sensor technology, I realized, that a ring-sized solution could be the best for my problem. Here you can see a demo video back from 2011, watch the form factor of the prototype! :-)
Along the way, I met many people who gave ideas to the concept. Even crazy ones. All those ideas convinced me that there's real need for such versatile ring product.
Risks and challenges
There are many risks and challenges associated with our project. The risks include the fact that this is a very sophisticated production technology with high production costs that requires the use of complex software and algorithms. There are high software development costs to consider, as well as long, drawn-out certification processes.
Among the challenges we face is the difficulty of being truly innovative among our competitors, something we strive to accomplish. Our goal is to make a high quality, useful product without making significant compromises. Another challenge we face is the implementation of mass production, as well as the challenge of keeping the price of Arcus on a reasonable level.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Approximately 4.5 – 6 hours with continuous measurement and analysis.
Arcus is completely waterproof due to its wireless charging technology.
When Arcus needs charging, just put it in its charger and it charges automatically.
We are still investigating the best material to use. It will be a non-metallic material.
You can choose the ring size for each ring freely, but the color you can choose will be limited due to the reward types. Please see rewards sections above.
Kickstarter provides a survey form that we can use to ask your size and color preferences. We contact you in this manner upon successful completion of the campaign.
Arcus is symmetrical so it can be worn on either hand.
Your Arcus can be worn on any finger with a size between US 7 to 14.
Any device that is capable of being controlled by Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy may be controlled using Arcus. With your help we plan on having integrated support for many remote controlled devices available from day 1. Stay tuned for updates!
When Arcus is not being used, it goes into a low power mode to improve battery life.
Bluetooth Low Energy can support many devices working simultaneously, so it is possible to use even 10 rings simultaneously, a headset and any other Bluetooth devices too.
Yes, we will make sure you will get a charger in every package.
Any software that incorporates our SDK can work with Arcus.
With your help we plan on having integrated support for many software products available from day 1. Stay tuned for updates!
You will be able to freely download our basic Arcus Motion Analyzer app from all the relevant stores (Google Play, Apple iTunes, Windows Store, Windows Phone Store).
Your Arcus is compatible with Android from version 4.3, with iOS 7 and with Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1.
Yes. However, it could take some extra time to prepare it for release.
We will inform you on the Kickstarter page with help of surveys and at arcusmotion.com before we start the vote. Stay tuned for updates!
If you live in the US, shipping is free.
Yes, we will ship outside the US, but we ask you to allow for an estimated $20 shipping cost.
If you register, we will be able to access your shipping address.
We will be having battery replacement guarantee in case of a battery malfunction, and a product replacement guarantee in case of problems related to its water-resistance.
You can always reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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