This is Cito, the smartwatch prototype that moves on five axes—it rotates, rises up and down, lifts and falls on a hinge, moves left and right and even orbits around your wrist.
Why on earth would you want such a thing? Well, imagine that you’re wearing a long sleeve shirt, and as you lift your wrist your watch face pokes out just enough for you to see the time, then automatically retracts as you lower your arm. There are a few other use-cases as well. For fear of scratching their bezels I personally wear my smartwatches with loose-fitting bands, frequently twisting the watch face to the top or bottom of my wrist depending on what I’m doing. Cito promises to do that for me.
You can see the prototype in action for yourself in this five-minute video:
Cito was developed by researchers at Dartmouth College in the U.S. and the University of Waterloo in Canada, and will be shown off later today at the Association for Computing Machinery Conference on Human-Computer Interaction in Denver, Colorado.
The idea is, if you’ll pardon the pun, an interesting new twist on the traditional wristwatch; I think the team behind it should be commended for at least attempting to solve some practical issues with that form factor.