Turn your Body into a Touchscreen Interface
“Finding the keypad on your cellphone or music player a bit cramped? Maybe your forearm could be more accommodating. It could become part of a skin-based interface that effectively turns your body into a touchscreen,” notes from NewScientist. What is being addressed is “Skinput,” a technological project developed by Chris Harrison from Carnegie Mellon University, and Desney Tan and Dan Morris of Microsoft Research. Read more about it here.
Notes about Skinput (retrieved from official research document):
We present Skinput, a technology that appropriates the human body for acoustic transmission, allowing the skin to be used as an input surface. In particular, we resolve the location of finger taps on the arm and hand by analyzing mechanical vibrations that propagate through the body. We collect these signals using a novel array of sensors worn as an armband. This approach provides an always available, naturally portable, and on-body finger input system. We assess the capabilities, accuracy and limitations of our technique through a two-part, twenty-participant user study. To further illustrate the utility of our approach, we conclude with several proof-of-concept applications we developed.
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