Microsoft turns skin into touch screens

29/03/2010

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Touchscreen phones and MP3 players could soon be a thing of the past after Microsoft developed a technology to turn your skin into a touch screen.

The system, known as 'Skinput', works by sending out acoustic signals to sensors when a finger is tapped on the skin. Software, coupled with the sensors, can be taught which sound means which location. Different functions - start, stop, louder, softer, can be bound to different locations.

Early trials suggest Skinput can be learned with about 20 minutes of training the sensors and can pick up a five-location system with accuracy in excess of 95 per cent.

Microsoft says improvements still need to be carried out to increase accuracy before Skinput can become a commercial product.ADNFCR-2575-ID-19693167-ADNFCR