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SKINPUT TECHNOLOGY

Human body as a TOUCH SCREEN

Contents:
Introduction
What is SKINPUT?
Principle of SKINPUT
How SKINPUT works?
Interactive Capabilities
Advantages
Applications
References
Conclusion

INTRODUCTION
Skinput allows the user to simply tap their
skin in order to control audio devices, play
games, make phone calls and navigate
hierarchical browsing systems.
This technology was developed by Chris
Harrison, Desney Tan and Dan Morris at
Microsofts researchs Computational User
Experiences Group.
It uses the sensors to determine where the
user taps on their arms.

What is SKINPUT?
Skinput turns the body into a touch
screen surface.
Skinput is an input technology mainly
used to control mobile devices.
Skinput is named because it uses the
human skin as an input devices or
tracking surface.

PRINCIPLE OF SKINPUT
It listens to vibration in your body.
Skinput also responds to the various
hand gestures.
The arm is an instrument.

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Pico-Projector
A very small projector, basically used in gadgets.
Eg. Spice Popcorn (mobile cum projector)

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Bio-Acoustics
Study of sound waves inside living body.
When a finger taps the skin, several
distinct forms of acoustic energy are
produced.

Longitudinal Waves

Transverse Waves

These waves form the integral part of the


whole concept of skinput.

Longitudinal Waves

These waves travel through the rigid tissues of


the arm, exciting the waves, which can respond to
the mechanical vibrations by tapping on a rigid
body.

Transverse Waves

Tapping on soft regions of the arm creates


higher amplitude transverse waves.

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Transverse Wave Propagation:

Longitudinal Wave Propagation:

Finger impacts displace the skin,


creating transvers waves (ripples).
The sensor is activated as the
waves pass underneath it.

Finger
impacts
create
longitudinal (compressive) waves
that
cause
internal
skeletal
structures to vibrate.

Bio-Acoustics: Sensing
These signals need to be sensed and
worked upon.
This is done by wearing the wave sensor
arm-band.

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How it works?

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INPUT LOCATIONS:

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Interactive Capabilities

Variations in bone density, size and mass and


the soft tissue and joints create acoustically
different locations.

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Advantages:
No need to interact with the gadget
directly.
Dont have to worry about keypad.
People with larger fingers get trouble in
navigating tiny buttons and keypads on
mobile phones. With skinput this problem
disappears.

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Applications
Mobile
Gaming
I-pods
An aid to paralyzed persons

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Playing Tetris: Using


fingers as control pad.

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Connect to any mobile


device like ipod

Projection of a dynamic
graphical interface

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Finger Inputs are


classified and processed
in real-time.

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Conclusion
This approach is to appropriate the
human body as an input interface.
It described a wearable bio-acoustic
array used to detect and localize finger
tap on the hand and the forearm.
This system performs well even when the
body is in motion.

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References
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skinput
http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/um/red
mond/groups/cue/skinput/
http://
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/8587486.stm
http://
www.chrisharrison.net/index.php/Research/Sk
input

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THANKYOU

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