Access from scratch

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon are working on Scratch Technology, which takes the specific sound of a fingernail scraping against any textured surface–like your jeans–and transforms it into electrical impulses that can be used to control cell phones or other devices. They’re working on refining this to interpret the sound of different gestures for applications possibly including text input. In theory, this sounds great for folks with no arm movement but some finger mobility. In practice, we wonder: would the user need to input within a specific time frame, and with a specific amount of pressure, either of which might prove difficult for some folks?

Wired: To answer the phone, scratch your jeans

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