What it is:
A cool new technology being developed by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University and Microsoft Corporation, promises to revolutionize the way we communicate, play music and games, and browse the web – by turning the human skin to a touchscreen! The sensor is able to recognize the differences in the palm areas because every skin location sounds different when tapped due to varying bone densities and filtering effects from soft tissues and joints. The prototype which has been tested by twenty people has shown an accuracy of 99.5% and also tested well on skin areas other than the palm. When the user is away from the sensor, Skinput applies wireless technology like Bluetooth, to transmit the commands to the device being controlled. The scientists say they picked the human body as a projector, because we have roughly two square feet of unused canvas that we walk around with all the time – and with devices getting increasingly smaller and more difficult to navigate, it made perfect sense. They envision music players of the future with no buttons, since we will all be using our skin as touchscreens – Sounds good to us!
Why it’s Cool:
It is amazing how technology can develop new designs and bring those designs into reality. Have you ever thought that this kind of design will come real? Well, scientists have finished a great job with this gadget. Having all information ON your hand, and I mean literally on your hand, is something that we never imagined that will possible. Everything that you were usually doing with your touchscreen mobile phone, now is placed in this gadget. With this gadget and the web browser in it you can really “have the world ON your hand”.