Body surfing

What if there were a surface with varying acoustic qualities, so that it could be combined with a set of projected keyboards and menus–tap on a different part of the surface, and the projector would know which keyboard/menu to bring up? Researchers from Carnegie Mellon and Microsoft realized there is such a surface, readily available: the human arm and hand. Their prototype, Skinput, consists of an acoustic detector and a pico projector built into an armband. They already know that it will work for arms in motion, but we’re curious to know if it’ll work for a range of arms–short, long, atrophied, bariatric, juvenile, elderly, and so on. If it does, it could be a great accommodation for people with limited range of motion.

New Scientist: Body acoustics can turn your arm into a touchscreen

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