2015年6月14日日曜日

NailO - fingernails as an Input Surface

I just came across NailO, a very cool research project at MIT Media Lab, by Cindy Hsin-Liu Kao and Artem Dementyev.

NailO's website: http://nailo.media.mit.edu/

From their website:

NailO is a wearable input device in the form of a commercialized nail art sticker. It works as a miniaturized trackpad the size and thickness of a fingernail that can connect to your mobile devices; it also enables wearers to customize the device to fit the wearer’s personal style. NailO allows wearers to perform different functions on a phone or PC with different gestures, and the wearer can easily alter its appearance with a nail art design layer, creating a combination of functionality and aesthetics. 



Demo:


Use case: While you're cooking you're using both hands and can't touch the screen or keyboard for recipe, but if you use NailO you can scroll with your nail!


It's so flexible that you can actually bend it to fit your nail shape.


It has 4 layers: art, sensors, circuit and battery.


I'd really wanted to use it when my hands were full of flour when I was making Paozu and wanted to check the recipe in my Mac!

MIT News Article:
Thumbnail track pad: Unobtrusive wearable sensor could operate digital devices or augment other device interfaces.

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