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Brief Published: 8 Jul 2015

Gesture-Controlled Mobile Gaming

Cavy Play

Chinese tech start-up Cavy Technology has launched a smart wristband that enables users to play games on any mobile device using gestures alone. The Cavy Play band is compatible with more than 30 specially designed games for free download, and over 20,000 have been sold since its launch on June 1.

In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, chief executive Frank Chang said that the company's developer tools would allow game designers to make even existing mobile games gesture-compatible within two days. Encouraging established gaming favourites to become gesture-enabled could accelerate the uptake of the technology.

Cavy Technology has attracted widespread interest from investors, including Taiwanese hardware giant Foxconn, which is funding the wristband's continued production. The start-up is reportedly raising millions of dollars in an initial funding round, and plans to develop a virtual-reality (VR) headset to work with its wristbands. A major limitation of VR headsets is that they lack intuitive control – gesture technology is likely to improve the believability of VR by enabling users to control their actions and manipulate objects in a virtual space using their hands.

Technology research and advisory company Technavio estimates that there will be significant growth in the global gesture-recognition market between 2013-18, with a compound annual growth of 29.2%.

For more on wearables, see our coverage of the Wearable Technology Show 2015. See Gaming Trends for the latest on mobile gaming.