Tuesday, September 04, 2012

‘Skinput’ turns body into touchscreen interface

✦✦✦ ‘Skinput’ turns body into touchscreen interface ✦✦✦

What if your skin could serve as an interactive surface? Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University and Microsoft have produced Skinput, an experimental device that turns the body's largest organ into a touch screen.

This is how it works

1. An armband projects the image of a menu or keyboard onto your hand or forearm. This armband also contains an bio-acoustic sensor that can detect and analyze sound frequencies.

2. Because of bone density, joints, and soft tissue, different locations on the body have different acoustic properties.

3. When you tap your finger on different parts of your body it creates a unique frequency based on the specific area.

4. Skinput can detect what part of a projected image you are touching and in turn can transmit a wireless signal to a computer, smart phone or other device.

If this gadget ever becomes a commercial reality, it could redefine our perception of common gestures. Drumming your fingers nervously could actually be texting or commenting in Facebook and a slap to the forehead could launch a Web browser.

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