A research team named the Future Interfaces Group based that the Carnegie Mellon University Research Lab have this week released details and a demonstration video of a new possibly revolutionary user interface called SkinTrack.
As the name suggests SkinTrack has been designed to transform your skin into a user interface and can be used with smartwatches, smart bracelets and any other wrist worn wearable devices that may be developed in the future.
Check out the demonstration video below to learn more about how the new SkinTrack technology functions and allows users to carry out gestures on the surface of the skin which then control applications on the smartwatch.
SkinTrack is a wearable system that enables continuous touch tracking on the skin. It consists of a ring, which emits a continuous high frequency AC signal, and a sensing wristband with multiple electrodes. Due to the phase delay inherent in a high-frequency AC signal propagating through the body, a phase difference can be observed between pairs of electrodes.
SkinTrack measures these phase differences to compute a 2D finger touch coordinate. Our approach can segment touch events at 99% accuracy, and resolve the 2D location of touches with a mean error of 7.6mm. As our approach is compact, non-invasive, low-cost and low-powered, we envision the technology being integrated into future smartwatches, supporting rich touch interactions beyond the confines of the small touchscreen.
Unfortunately no information on when the technology may be available for consumers to use has been released as yet, but as soon as information comes to light we will keep you updated as always. For more information on SkinTrack jump over to the official Future Interfaces Group YouTube channel via the link below.