With that said, you will soon be able to control your smartwatch through skin inputs. You start to wonder about the direction of future technology and where the innovation is going to come from, the Future Interfaces Group out of Carnegie Mellon University pops up to raise your mind now. As part of research into trying to solve the problem of how to efficiently interact with the very small screen of a smart wrist-wearable, the group has introduced a rather impressive interaction solution that demonstrates an unusual methodology of using the skin on arm as a touchscreen to interact with a smartwatch.
It provides true value to the users and the smartwatch also need a lot on improvements in terms of usability. Now comes a new technology called SkinTracker, which could apparently be the next big thing to change the way you actually use your smart wearable. Getting rid of being able to control and interact with content on a smartphone or tablet in a fairly easy way, challenge to accomplish and overcome. Samsung and Apple are the two companies which have proved themselves, and there’s a market for larger screen devices, meaning that users instantly have a larger target area for complex interaction and gesture-based inputs. Smartwatch is a piece of technology, which it is not really possible to adopt the same mildest and simply make the displays bigger and bigger. Step forward SkinTrack as one potential solution for this problem.
The project SkinTrack has resulted in an output that enables continues touch tracking on the wearer’s skin. The system nevertheless consists of a ring worm on the finger, producing a continuous high frequency AC signal across the skin. The SkinTrack project also has an accompanying wristband that is embedded with multiple electrodes. Both these components mixed with each other, work together to measure phase differences in order to “compute a 2D finger touch coordinate” which is then transferred to the smartwatch for the action to be taken.
This fancy technology if anything to mean turning your skin into a touch screen for your watch, which indeed making it possible with SkinTrack. The goal of the projection was to create a “compact, non-invasive, low-cost, and low-powered” solution to this damn issue.
The Future Interfaces Group imagines that this type of technology will ultimately end up shipping with smartwatches of the future. In its current state, it’s very difficult to keep the wearable ring powered up to provide a lasting experience. Chances are there in sensing behaviors over time as the wearer’s skin changes its properties based on sweating and varying hydration levels. Mind it!
If this could become a reality, will essentially makes your skin into an organic touchscreen and even recognizes several gestures based on what you program into your smartwatch. Admit that?
For demo purposes, check out the video embedded below.
(Source: Future Interfaces Group)