The Cicret bracelet is the best tech you've never heard of--and it could someday be a reality.
If you've ever paid $109 to get the shattered screen on your iPhone replaced, chances are you wouldn't be sad to see screens disappear entirely. The Cicret bracelet does just that: it kills the screen and uses your skin instead. Watch the video below for a demonstration:
The bracelet claims to work by projecting 8 long-range proximity sensors from pinholes in the bracelet. Interfacing with the device is made possible by interrupting the proximity sensors. The sensors then send information back to the processor embedded in the Cicret Bracelet. Each bracelet contains an accelerometer, memory card, processor, vibe motor, micro usb port, battery, long-range proximity sensors, pico-projectors, Bluetooth, WiFi, and LED.
Still, details of exactly how all this works aren't readily available. How, for instance, is the screen displayed properly without interference from arm hair or tattoos? Is it able to work in sunlight? Will it ever be compatible with OS devices?
The company has released few answers, and the working prototype hasn't been given to anyone for reviews. According to Snopes, the entire thing could well be a scam. However, what the Cicret does do well is offer a refreshing look at wearable technology that melds the functionality of a smartphone with the practicality of a bracelet.
The primary issue with the Apple Watch, for instance, has been that it's simply an accessory to handle some primary functions of the iPhone, but has too small an interface to navigate properly with touch. The Cicret Bracelet would be like having a phone embedded into your arm, and that's more in line with what customers want.
Even if it hasn't actually been developed, there's no reason it couldn't be and designers should be paying attention to products like these--imagination, after all, fosters innovation.