May 7, 2012
Future Of Touch Gestures Could Lie In The Palm Of Your Hand
Disney Research is planning a new technology that could one day see mobile phone users access their smartphone through the palm of their hand.
Disney Research in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania showed off a new technology that can sense hand gestures on the human body.The new system, known as TouchÃ©, could one day allow smartphones users to answer their phone by gesturing on the palm of their hand.
"We demonstrate the rich capabilities of TouchÃ© with five example setups from different application domains and conduct experimental studies that show gesture classification accuracies of 99% are achievable with our technology," the researchers said in a press release.
The researchers said the technology works by using a sensing circuit to monitor how the electrical signal passing through an object changes when touched by a conductive material.
The system is able to distinguish the touch of a single finger, multiple fingers, a full-hand grasp and many other touch gestures.
"This allows to significantly enhances touch interaction in a broad range of applications, from enhancing conventional touchscreens to designing interaction scenarios for unique use contexts and materials," the researchers wrote.
The system is able to distinguish the touch of a single finger, multiple fingers, a full-hand grasp and other touch gestures.
The team said the technology could be used by people to control an MP3 player by using touch gestures on their own body.
“One day mobile phones could have no screen or buttons and rely exclusively on the body as the input surface,” a video demonstration created by the researchers says.