posted on Apr, 19 2010 @ 10:53 AM
I like this idea, everyone knows how annoying it is to type on smart phones. You always end up hitting the wrong key or if you have a touch screen
after using it for a while it loses some of its sensitivity (on my iphone anyway).
I'm not sure I completely understand how this will work but from what I can tell when you want to use it all you need is a wrist or elbow band, so no
need for any kind of weird micro-chipping in the users skin. What do y'all think of this and would you use it?
Snippet from source:
"Understanding how Skinput works makes it seem all the more futuristic.
The system turns a person's arm and hand into a wiggling, pulsating instrument, full of vibrations that can be picked up and translated.
Skinput users wear an armband -- the prototype version is made of an elbow brace -- that's lined with 10 sensors. These sensors look like tiny diving
boards with dumbbells on one end, and they pick up inaudible sounds that range in frequency from 25 to 78 hertz.
When a Skinput user taps a thumb and middle finger together, the impact sends ripples down the skin and through the bones in the person's arm. "They
sort of start resonating -- like guitar strings," Harrison said. The diving-board receivers read the sound waves to figure out what gesture the
person made, and then relay that information to a phone."