Skinput system could be the new touch screen

March 6th, 2010 - 11:16 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

skinput Washington, Mar 6 (THAINDIAN NEWS) Scientists have developed a new system called Skinput, which could be the new touch screen in today’s world. Many people are not comfortable with the small touch screens, that they are forced to use on their mobile phones, but they needn’t despair now. They have the new technologically system – Skinput to their rescue. This system transmits the menu or even the keyboard (if need arises) on the user’s arm from a special projector, that is placed in the user’s armband. So this Skinput effectively turns the arm into a touch screen.

Skinput even has the capability of noting the ultra-low frequency sound, that is produced when the user taps on his arm (the touch screen in this case) with a finger. It is able to do so because there is an acoustic detector, which is placed with the projector in the armband.

This innovative system was showcased by Microsoft and Carnegie Mellon University officials, and they showed how accurately Skinput could make the user’s arm into a touch screen. “Accuracy is already good, in the high 90s percent accuracy for finger input. The armband is a crude prototype. The next generation could be made considerably smaller – likely easily fitting into a wristwatch,” according to the project team member Chris Harrison, who is working with the Carnegie Mellon’s Human-Computer Interaction Institute.

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