iSkin stickers could turn your body into a touchscreen

Atmel | Bits & Pieces

These Arduino-compatible sensors will turn your skin into a touch-sensitive interface for your mobile devices.

Sifting through a pocketbook for a ringing smartphone during a meeting can be quite embarrassing. Not to mention, trying to precisely tap out a message on your wrist can draw some attention. While modern-day wearables have given users the ability to glance at their calendar, receive texts and pretty much anything else Dick Tracy could’ve envisioned, the usable interfaces offered by these devices tend to be a bit small, thus making it difficult to accurately select buttons or type an email.


That may soon be a thing of the past if a new experimental project, which is currently being developed by a team of computer scientists from Saarland University and researchers from Carnegie Mellon University, is able to catch on. Inspired by recent advancements in electronic skin technology, iSkin is a thin, flexible and soft silicone overlay that is worn directly on the skin allowing the human body to…

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