SkinWatch: Adapting skin as a gesture surface

Masa Ogata, Ryosuke Totsuka, Michita Imai

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Skin is soft, durable and sensitive surface of human body. Skin gesture is a new interaction modality not only for wearable applications, but also on-body interfaces. SkinWatch is an interface technique and interaction modality for skin gesture input designed for the smart watch. By using the deformation sensing techniques, SkinWatch adapts human skin as a deformable surface to enable skin gesture interaction. By preventing occlusion caused by a user's fingers, the view of the wearable display is clear and it is easy to present visual feedback. A user's gesture input is augmented from the touch screen to the skin area around the device; the user obtains feedback not only from the display but also from tactile feedback. Detecting the skin gesture is represented as skin deformation that can be measured by a photo-reflective distance sensor. By placing the sensor array under the device, the implanted sensor is invisible to the user.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSIGGRAPH Asia 2015 Emerging Technologies, SA 2015
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
ISBN (Print)9781450339254
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Nov 2
EventSIGGRAPH Asia, SA 2015 - Kobe, Japan
Duration: 2015 Nov 22015 Nov 6


OtherSIGGRAPH Asia, SA 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Human-Computer Interaction


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