Skinput Turns Your Skin Into A Touchscreen

Posted By Ben Goulding, 2 March, 2010 | permalink

Touchscreen devices are everywhere nowadays, and they’re getting smaller and smaller as technology progresses, but why do we need touchscreen devices when we’ve got our skin? At this point you may be wondering, what has our skin got to do with touch screens. Well actually, our skin can be a touchscreen.

A new skin-based interface called Skinput allows users to use their own hands and arms as touchscreens by detecting the various ultralow-frequency sounds produced when tapping different parts of the skin.

Skinput is a collaboration between Chris Harrison at Carnegie Mellon University and Dan Morris and Desney Tan at Microsoft’s research lab in Redmond, Washington. The researchers have shown that Skinput can allow users to simply tap their skin in order to control audio devices, play games, make phone calls, and navigate hierarchical browsing systems.

This video explains how it works.

(Youtube Link)


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