Forthcoming Asus smartwatch to feature voice, movement controls; ETA is June

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Smartwatch-ASUSAsus looks like a long-shot contender for scoring Google’s first smartwatch manufacturer contract, but according to Chairman Jonney Shih, the wearable market entry is still a “must-face challenge”. As such, you can expect an Asus-made intelligent wristwatch to break cover as soon as June, during Computex Taipei.

The Taiwanese expo is tipped to bring to light a smartwatch very much dependent on compatible smartphones, just like efforts from Samsung or Sony, though Asus does plan to shake things up in the control department.

How? Apparently, through “more natural user interfaces such as voice or movement controls”. Sounds exciting, however Shih himself has stressed “more breakthroughs are needed in these areas”. Bottom line, you may be able to interact with the wearable sans actually touching it, but don’t dream of anything too groundbreaking.

Moto X’s voice commands and Galaxy S4’s Air gestures come to mind, albeit with Asus only now dipping its toes in “more natural interfaces”, a certain clunkiness and simplicity are to be expected at first. Oh, well, at least the Taiwan-based OEM is trying to do something different. And they’re fully aware of power consumption woes, and they plan on pricing their imminent smartwatch aggressively. Let’s see what you got, Asus.

Via [Focus Taiwan]

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