Change a Spotify track with a twitch of the finger. Save a Word file with a vertical fist bump. Even feel the sensation of being in a desert, just by wearing a body suit.
Immersive computing – like the kind you see in the Iron Man movies – is turning the body into a controller. So wearable tech, like the hand-mounted Gest, can translate every flick, point, pinch, grab and twist into an intuitive control for software like Photoshop and Word.
Meanwhile, the Tesla Suit by Tesla Studios (not to be confused with Tesla Motors) is a neck-to-ankle VR skin that lets you control virtual avatars in games with your whole body. Hundreds of nodes embedded into the suit can simulate the feeling of being touched, and even recreate environmental sensations, from a desert to a tundra.
It might not be quite as advanced as Iron Man’s computing capabilities but these products give a good glimpse into what wearable technology will soon look like in real life.