Skin watch: Skin gesture interaction for smart watch

Masa Ogata, Michita Imai

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56 Citations (Scopus)


We propose Skin Watch, a new interaction modality for wearable devices. Skin Watch provides gesture input by sensing deformation of the skin under a wearable wrist device, also known as a smart watch. A gesture command that is matched by learning data and two-dimensional linear input recognizes the gestures. The sensing part is small, thin, and stable, to accept accurate input via a user's skin. We also implement an anti-error mechanism to prevent unexpected input when the user moves or rotates his or her forearm. The whole sensor costs less than $1.50 and the sensor layer does not exceed a height of more than 3 mm in this prototype. We demonstrate sample applications with a practical task, using two-finger skin gesture input.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationACM International Conference Proceeding Series
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)9781450333498
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Mar 9
Event6th Augmented Human International Conference, AH 2015 - Singapore, Singapore
Duration: 2015 Mar 92015 Mar 11


Other6th Augmented Human International Conference, AH 2015


  • Photo-reflectivity
  • Skin gesture
  • Smart watch
  • Wearable computing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Software


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