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Thinking Outside of the Box: Devices That Project Content onto Users' Skin
Thinking outside of the box – or literally, outside of the product itself – has helped recent innovators discover expanded navigation solutions for otherwise tiny devices.
A group out of Carnegie Mellon has developed ‘Skin Buttons,’ a solution to the conflict between small screens, large fingers, and the increasing complexity of smart watch applications. Their device uses ADI (around device interaction) by projecting micro laser responsive ‘buttons’ onto the surface of the user’s arm. These touch-sensitive buttons serve as additional or primary navigation for applications that are utilizing the full screen of the watch. Simple shapes and commands minimize the learning curve for users and greatly expand options for navigation beyond the limitations previously set by screen size.
The Skin Buttons platform is currently in proof-of-concept stage, read more here.