SkinTrack, Use your Arm as a Touch Pad

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A new wearable technology from Carnegie Mellon University may have just found the solution to smartwatches small screens, Skin Touch Pads.


Wearable technologies such as smartwatches are no longer just an IT fashion statement; they are quickly becoming a way of life. With their convenient size and functionality, the benefits of smartwatches are undeniable.

According to BI Intelligence, “We estimate the global wearables market will grow at a compound annual rate of 35% over the next five years, reaching 148 million units shipped annually in 2019

However, if smart watches came with a warning it would go something like Warning: One inch screen may cause emotional frustration due to excessive “finger fumbling” and obstructed view.” While these devices are offering more and more advanced features, the sheer size of these watch faces are just plain inconvenient.

That’s where SkinTrack would step in. With a new wearable technology introduced by Carnegie Mellon University, SkinTrack is finally expanding interaction beyond the touch screen – onto your arm. By the creative developers behind 3D –printed hair, the Human-Computer Interaction Institute’s Future Interfaces Group has finally created a device that uses the entire lower arm as a touch pad.


Rather than other “skin to screen” technologies that require additional equipment such as cameras, it really takes away from the whole wear as you go appeal of a smart watch. SkinTrack effortlessly falls into the nature of a wearable device, with a connected ring. The user will wear a ring that produces a high-frequency electrical signal that will accurately track the location of your finger. When the finger touches the skin, the signal will recognize minute details.

Watch the latest SkinTrack video to see how it works!

While there are still certain limitations that need further testing, researchers have revealed a 99 percent touch accuracy and no evidence of health effects. Not yet available to the public, devices such as SkinTrack would be a welcome feature into the world of wearable technology. Staying up to date with the coolest technology trends, Affant provides innovative solutions and services that will keep your business ahead of the curve, so that when devices such as SkinTrack do become available, you’ll be the first to know.



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