Skinput: Turning the Human Body into an Input Surface

March 19, 2010

SKINPUT R&D TEAM | We present Skinput, a technology that appropriates the human body for acoustic transmission, allowing the skin to be used as a finger input surface. In particular, we resolve the location of finger taps on the arm and hand by analyzing mechanical vibrations that propagate through the body. We collect these signals using a novel array of sensors worn as an armband. This approach provides an always-available, naturally-portable, and on-body interactive surface. To illustrate the potential of our approach, we developed several proof-of-concept applications on top of our sensing and classification system.

Published at ACM CHI 2010:
Chris Harrison – Carnegie Mellon University
Desney Tan – Microsoft Research
Dan Morris – Microsoft Research

Video Source: Carnegie Mellon: Human-Computer Interaction Institute & Microsoft

Related:
Chris Harrison's website & Skinput project details
Carnegie Mellon: Human-Computer Interaction Institute