We thought we had seen it all, Researchers at Future Interfaces Group at Carnegie Mellon University came up with a new technology that turns skin into a touch sensor.
“Small wearable devices — such as smartwatches and digital jewelry — are fast becoming viable computing platforms…however, their small size severely limits the user experience,” said the researchers.
The device is called Skintrack, which has two components: a signal-emitting ring and a sensing wrist band. It uses electrodes placed in the band to track movements of the ring-wearing finger. When the finger touches the skin, it sends a high-frequency electrical signal into the user’s arm. This device has practically all the properties of a normal touchscreen device.
“Our approach is compact, non-invasive, low-cost and low-powered,” “We envision the technology being integrated into future smartwatches, supporting rich touch interactions beyond the confines of the small touchscreen.” said the Researchers.
Watch the instruction demo below…