Tuesday, April 20, 2010 at 9:22AM
We can all agree that the iPhone’s touchpad can be a hassle—which is exactly why Chris Harrison, a graduate student at Carnegie Mellon University and a former intern at Microsoft Research, is developing Skinput. The prototype essentially turns your hand and forearm into a keyboard and screen.
Using Skinput, a person could tap their thumb and middle finger together to answer a call; touch their forearm to go to the next track on a music player; or flick the center of their palm to select a menu item.
All of these sign-language-like movements, which are customizable, would control a gadget in a person's pocket through a Bluetooth connection.
Unfortunately, the system won’t be commercially available for two to seven years. By then, we might all be using our clothing as a keyboard anyway.