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Reemo wearable lets you unlock doors, turn up the TV with hand gesturesThe days of the remote control may be numbered. Playtabase has developed a device that's worn on the wrist and understands gesture commands. How well does it work? And can it compete with Myo, another wearable that offers similar capabilities?
When it comes to wearables, startup Playtabase hopes it's all in the wrist. The company's wristband called Remo, let's you control devices in your home. From your thermostat to your lights, with hand gestures. It's a bluetooth based device that has an infrared emitter, as well a nine axis IMU that interprets your motions of your hand. And then it's all processed, through the iPhone app. Remo communicates with receivers that connect with gadgets you wish to control. The receivers can pick up signals from Remo within 12 meters and recognize six simple gestures. A green light lets you know the receiver is ready. Then turn your hand to open a lock or turn on a lamp. Remo has competition. Maio/? from [UNKNOWN] Labs also interprets gestures to operate smart home electronics, video game controllers and more. It's worn on the forearm and reads your muscle activity. Remo is still a prototype. The [UNKNOWN] base has ambitious plans, including incorporating fitness tracking. Regardless of which technology ends up on our arms, gesture recognition could be the interface of the future. In San Francisco I'm Cindy Dodd, cnet.com for CBS News.