Storing data using your body

April 1, 2011 | Source: New Scientist Tech

Sparsh: Copying pictures from a phone to a tablet computer (credit: Pranav Mistry)

Researchers at the MIT Media Lab have developed an application called Sparsh that allows users to store data using their bodies (metaphorically speaking).

Sparsh lets you touch a data item to copy data from a smartphone, tablet, or laptop, using Dropbox or an FTP account to temporarily “store” it, and then touch a second device and paste the saved content. (The actual data transfer happens in the cloud.)

Ref.: P. Mistry, S. Nanayakkara, P. Maes. SPARSH — Touch the Cloud. To appear in CSCW2011. Demo. Hangzhou,
China. 2011