An Ambitious Startup Is Making Our Skins Into Touch Screens... Because Science
May 23rd, 2016
That's right. A team of developers are working on a project called SkinTrack, and the progress is outstanding. The startup is focusing on turning our arms into touchscreens that are compatible with smartwatches.
So how does it work? The user has to wear a ring on their non-watch wearing hand, and through a series of electrical signals, the smartwatch's strap can detect the position and movement of the finger in accordance to the skin. There's definitely a more intellectual way to say that, but I can hardly fathom smartwatches still, so I'll leave that up to Future Interfaces Group. They've managed to get this technology to the point that it is almost flawless. 99% of the time, it detected input on the skin to perfection. It even works through clothing.
This is just the beginning of what can be an incredible series of technological advances that can probably turn us into kickass cyborgs soon. The video from Future Interfaces Group is below and it is mind-blowing.
Absolutely nuts. The idea was originally coined because of the painfully tiny screens of smartwatches, easily their biggest weakness. Whether the problem was poor eyesight, chubby fingers, tiny icons, or something else, it needed to be solved. By expanding the touch screen interface into the skin, the problems caused by a tiny screen can be solved in an innovative and super cool way. Imagine seeing someone scribble something onto their skin only to see it appear on their watch. Science really is something.
A little bit of funding should get SkinTrack well on its way to becoming the next big breakthrough in science and technology.
What are your thoughts on this? Is this another step towards a brighter future or another step towards spending more and more time glued to technology? Leave your ideas in the comments below!