A team of researchers at Bristol Interaction Group in Bristol created a phone case that looks and feels like human skin. The researchers are calling it Skin-On Interfaces. Marc Teyssier is among the researchers who provided the details of this project, including creation process, usability, and purpose of it through his website and BBC.[wpinsertshortcodead id=”bzyqm5d3e04029f48f”]
Marc notes that human skin is the best interface for interaction. So creating this artificial skin interface enables new forms of input gesture for users. Briefly, these Skin-On interfaces are multi touch-sensitive enabling new methods to interact with the devices. Even the interfaces can detect levels of pressures and gestures like pinching, strokes, stretching, or grabbing. It can also be used to express emotions such as pinching the skin to create an angry expression or tickling on the back of the phone generates laughing emoji in a message.
There are multiple products where the Skin-On interfaces can be used, including phone cases. It can also be used as a laptop trackpad and on smartwatch straps for additional inputs. Check the video below for its full usability.
However, this Skin-On interfaces technology project is made open-source, which you can find here. And those who are interested in developing interaction ways on it can get the touch input controller from Teyssier.