Asus is looking to include voice commands and customized gesture navigation in a smartwatch that will be aggressively priced.
Asus CEO Jonney Shih announced last month that the manufacturer is considering getting into the wearable segment. He said that Asus’ first device would be designed to use with a smartphone, which makes a smartwatch the most likely contender. While details of the smartwatch were slim, it was mentioned that the device will debut at Computex in June.
New information regarding the smartwatch states that it would work with customizable hand movements and voice commands. “There would be more natural user interfaces such as voice or movement controls, although more breakthroughs are needed in these areas,” Shih said during an event conducted by the National Taiwan University.
It is unclear as to how Asus will include this functionality. To provide an always-on listening mode on the Moto X, Motorola has included an additional low power processor dedicated to listening for voice commands. Asus might use a similar technology, but needs to figure out how to integrate it in a device that has one-tenth of the battery life of a mobile device.
Another issue that Asus faces is that of pricing, but Shih mentioned that it will not be an issue. He said that the smartwatch will be launched with “attractive prices” and that Asus will target the wearable segment aggressively, which means that the smartwatch may just be the first wearable device from the Taiwanese manufacturer this year.