Your Skin: A New Venue for Advanced Technology
Skinput Makes the Entire Body a Touch Interface c/o networkworld
We do what we can to keep our skin fresh, clean and as youthful looking as possible. A blemish, a rash, a tear or a wrinkle, and even cellulite, we search for that perfect topical solution, whether liquid, lotion or cream to bring the original unblemished appearance back again. Well, have you ever thought about using your skin as a control pad for phone use or listening to your favorite music? One thing about it, you'll never have to say you left your phone at home, in a different purse, or a coat pocket that you did not bring or decided not to wear at the last minute. You have your skin with you, wherever you go! Where's my phone? Right here on my arm, 'Oh yeah!' Technology has found a use for the energy transmitted during 'touch' to be utilized as acoustic signals being sent up and down the arm for advanced communication usage.
Software/sensors are needed for the arm to be utilized as a control pad. The sensors will be used in conjunction with technical gadgets already in use such as the bluetooth, mobile phone, or your choice of type of music player. The idea is that you will not have to reach or search for these objects. When they are securely attached to you, their control is done via your arm, hand and fingers. So what happens in winter? When you're all bundled up and getting to your arm just does not seem feasible! Well, utilizing a pico-projector will avail not only the forearm, but the hand as the surface of choice to display the menu and control pad. And even as you are reading this, even more advanced is the technology being worked on so that this process and the use of all of these attachments are made smaller in size and hopefully, to not be strapped to us at all.
Skinput: Appropriating the Body as an Input Surface (CH1 2010), c/o chrisharrisoncmu
How long will it be before the general public can use their skin as the new venue of technology? Experimentation is still taking place. Maybe, when all tests are done, we will not even need to use any gadgets to exercise the skin-phone, computer or other source of media/song player. Currently known as 'skinput' it is using our body as a surface for technology!