Turn your skin into a smartwatch touch screen with SkinTrack
Since the last few years, smart devices (of various shapes and sizes) have been on a rise especially smart watches that have created a lot of waves in recent times. Companies such as Samsung, Apple, Motorola, Huawei and LG to name a few are constantly involved in enhancing the core functionality and features of these little gadgets who’s proper utility still needs to be ascertained. Being a smart watch user myself, the one issue that tends to nag me is the small screen size which sometimes makes navigation slightly difficult as there is not a lot of room for swiping around like on a smart phone. Things are about to change though thanks to a research group at Carnegie Mellon University who have come up with a unique idea that lets users utilize their skins as a secondary touch display. Confused? Amazed?
The team is currently working on a new found technology called “SkinTrack” which as the name suggests, allows users to use their skin as a secondary touch screen. The sensors are embedded inside a signal emitting ring on your finger along with four tiny electrodes in the watchband. When your finger makes contact with your watch-wearing arm, the electrodes detect the distance away from the watch. SkinTrack not only detects simple taps and swipes, but also continuous drawing.
Another handy feature is the option to use various navigational shortcuts on your arm and hands. You can drag apps off the watch screen and pin them to yourself. It’s also possible to draw letters on your hand to open up apps. Simple gestures for example can include “N” for news, “S” for activating silent mode, “A” for accessing the address book etc. The technology is still in its early stages but has most certainly paved the pathway for what the future has in store for smart watches. Check out the video to have a better understanding of how this prototype actually works and do share your thoughts with us in the comments below. Cheers !!