Gallery: Microsoft’s Skinput System Turns Skin into a Touchscreen

 

Touchscreens have revolutionized the way we communicate with electronics, but sometimes they can get a little cramped — wouldn’t it be great if the iPhone‘s screen was just a little bit bigger? One creative solution is Skinput, a device that uses a pico projector to beam graphics (keyboards, menus, etc.) onto a user’s palm and forearm, transforming the skin into a computer interface.

The device, built as a collaboration between researchers at Carnegie Mellon University and Microsoft, uses the different sounds emitted when we tap various parts of our skin (AKA acoustic patterns) to figure out what icon, menu, or key is tapped. Skinput contains five piezoelectric cantilevers to detect sound frequencies and respond to different “skin buttons”. The system is surprisingly on target. It can detect 5 skin locations with 95.5% accuracy–about the same as many actual touchscreen devices.

No word on when Skinput might actually be integrated into electronic devices, but we wonder if the technology could one day eliminate — or at least cut down on — the use of actual touchscreens in mobile devices. Check out the video below.

+ Skinput

Via PhysOrg

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8 Comments

  1. ankita February 27, 2012 at 6:52 am

    plz send the block diagram for skinput…very urgent

  2. ankita February 27, 2012 at 6:08 am

    plz send the block diagram for skinput …very urgent

  3. hemanth433 December 26, 2010 at 12:04 am

    PLEASE SENT THE PROCESSING TECHNICH & BLOCK DIAGRAM REPRESENTATION OF SKINPUT

  4. mithun e v August 30, 2010 at 5:14 am

    PLEASE SENT THE PROCESSING TECHNICH & BLOCK DIAGRAM REPRESENTATION OF SKINPUT

  5. Akhila.P.Nair July 15, 2010 at 1:36 am

    wow its indeed a brainstorming technology.wish to get its details!!

  6. MIT Student Turned Lamp... June 11, 2010 at 11:19 am

    [...] LuminAR will search out an uncluttered space on your desktop to project on using a teeny tiny pico projector, and you can also point it in a certain direction or pre-program it to open your e-mail on the left [...]

  7. davidwayneosedach March 4, 2010 at 8:39 pm

    Wow that is really futuristic! Does it wash off?

  8. jakerose March 3, 2010 at 12:33 am

    this reminds me MIT media lab’s “SixthSense”

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