At CES this week, Doublepoint, an organization with a knack for innovative applications, unveiled its latest creation — the WowMouse app. This app transforms Android smartwatches, including popular models like the Samsung Galaxy Watch, into gesture-based computer mice. The concept revolves around users waving their arms to move the mouse cursor and employing pinch gestures to execute clicks, similar to the Double Tap feature found on the Apple Watch Series 9. The WowMouse app is now available on the Google Play store.
WowMouse operates by leveraging the smartwatch as a Bluetooth Human Interface Device (HID) mouse. This functionality allows it to seamlessly integrate with various operating systems, including Windows, Linux, macOS, and iPadOS, by pairing it like any other Bluetooth mouse. While confirmed to work well with specific Wear OS watches such as the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4, 5, and 6, the company notes that tap detection may be inconsistent on the Pixel Watch. Unfortunately, Apple Watches are unable to support Bluetooth HID, making it impossible for Doublepoint to develop an app for watchOS.
The potential applications for WowMouse extend beyond basic mouse functionality. Doublepoint envisions broader applications, encouraging manufacturers and developers to explore licensing opportunities for its software. For instance, the app could be employed to control smart home devices, such as dimming lights by rotating the wrist. While these futuristic possibilities are intriguing, the success of such features depends on widespread support.
Although the WowMouse app presents an exciting and innovative concept, the challenge lies in garnering support across a significant portion of the smartwatch market. Given the diverse landscape of smartwatches and varying levels of compatibility, it remains to be seen whether developers and manufacturers will invest resources in supporting an app that caters to a limited subset of users. As the smartwatch market continues to evolve, the success of novel applications like WowMouse will depend on their ability to offer widespread compatibility and appeal to a broad user base.