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Skinput: turning your arm in to a touchscreen

By T.K. Randall
March 3, 2010 · Comment icon 9 comments

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A new type of display is being developed that would project a touchscreen display on to the user's arm.
Such a device could become commonplace in the future as gadgets and control mechanisms become smaller and more mobile, the display works by picking up ultra-low sounds when a user taps specific areas of the skin.
Those who find the touchscreens on their ever shrinking gadgets too fiddly to handle, will be glad to hear scientists are developing a new touch surface... your own arm. Developers at Microsoft Research and Carnegie Mellon University are working together to create an armband that projects an interface directly on to your skin.

Source: Daily Mail | Comments (9)

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Comment icon #1 Posted by Dr Alien 14 years ago
that's so cool
Comment icon #2 Posted by BiffSplitkins 14 years ago
If you get a rash will it auto-dial your doctor's office?
Comment icon #3 Posted by mutationman 14 years ago
Sounds pretty cool, but guess i gotta eat some more if i want widescreen.
Comment icon #4 Posted by Whateversmurf 14 years ago
Cool and creepy
Comment icon #5 Posted by ShadowSot 14 years ago
There was a videoabout this on It's pretty cool, and surprisingly cheap.
Comment icon #6 Posted by Paracelse 14 years ago
Might sound old game but I miss my typewritter sound keyboard... so touch screen...
Comment icon #7 Posted by behaviour??? 14 years ago
Annoyed with the tiny touchscreens on today's mobile devices? Well, your forearm can now solve that problem by becoming a part of a skin-based interface that effectively turns your body into a touchscreen, say scientists.An international team has come up with a system, called Skinput, which has the ability to detect the ultralow-frequency sound produced by tapping the skin with a finger, and the microchip-sized "pico" projectors now found in some cellphones, reports New Scientist. According to the scientists, the system beams a keyboard or menu onto the user's forearm and hand from a projector... [More]
Comment icon #8 Posted by TheSearcher 14 years ago
I foresee a few problems with this, what if you have very hairy forearms or tattoos? Wouldn't that change the entire thing?
Comment icon #9 Posted by TwilightSilver 14 years ago
Ok. Wait a second. Am I reading this correctly... A touchscreen on your arm? That ladies and gentlemen is freakin' sweet, but I can't see it really becoming mainstream and practical... Gut feeling.

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