Round 2 of Exciting vs. Frightening covers the inevitable blending of technology and organisms. Yeah, we all know where this will eventually go but in the meantime, we can watch it all evolve slowly and inevitably.
In this corner: The Skinput project coming from Carnegie Mellon and Microsoft promises to turn your body into a touchscreen. Who needs an iPod Touch when you have your own forearm as an input device?
Skinput makes use of a microchip-sized pico projector embedded in an armband to beam an image onto a user’s forearm or hand. When the user taps a menu item or other control icon on the skin, an acoustic detector also in the armband analyzes the ultralow-frequency sound to determine which region of the display has been activated.
I’ve long wondered why at the very least no one’s come up with a simple device holder that fits around the forearm. Actually, Ameya Mhatre did this at ITP last year. Not sure where he’s at with that… but this concept goes one step beyond and throws out the device entirely. You make the call: Exciting or Frightening?
In the other corner, coming from Japan. World renowned home of weird organic integration with technology, comes the “Hana Sukkiri Melody” ringtone which promises to clear your sinuses just by placing the phone near your nose when your phone rings. Now, as a sufferer of sinus allergies and the like, this seems interesting and would certainly diminish my need for Sinex, but then again, this begs the question: how the hell did they think of this? And more, how did they test this ringtone? More from the article here
The Japan Ring Tone Laboratory has some much more sensible-sounding ringtones in the pipeline, including “sleep-promoting ringtone,” “ringtone makes your date,” “crow scarer ringtone,” “ringtone makes your skin beautiful,” and more.
So, whaddya think… which one’s exciting and which one’s frightening. Let me know!