This idea: Turn your hand and forearm into a keyboard and touch screen.
Skinput, a Bluetooth-enabled device, allows you to use your own skin as an input device for devices like MP3 players, cell phones, or gaming consoles.
The device works via an armband that contains a small projector, which beams a screen onto your hand or forearm.
Based on the idea that mechanical vibrations travel differently through our bodies, depending on where they originate, an acoustic sensor in the armband can detect where you are tapping.
Bluetooth then transmits the corresponding signal to the appropriate device; if you’ve just dialed a phone number, for example, it sends the info to your phone and dials the number, or just hit your arm and choose a song from your MP3 playlist.
Whose idea: Chris Harrison, a Carnegie Mellon Ph.D student, and researchers Desney Tan and Dan Morris — both from Microsoft Research.
Why it’s brilliant: This project is still in the research phase and you would still have to carry your phone and other devices in addition to the armband. It might also be difficult to see the screen on your skin in brightly lit areas. However, the ability to project a computer’s interface onto other surfaces offers a lot of possibilities. If anything, it makes scrolling through apps a lot more fun.
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