Engineers have developed a new coordination device for the computer that allows discrete commands to be entered using various fingertip touches..
The device, called the Tip-Tap, does not require a power source as it detects When touched, it uses radio frequency identification (RFID) tags. This allows it to be placed directly on the skin as a temporary tattoo or embedded in a glove.
During the development of Tip-Tap, researchers at the University of Waterloo identified the most comfortable areas on the index finger that a person can touch with their thumb..
They also tested different insertion point designs: smooth, convex, magnetized.
The radius of action of the created prototypes is 4 meters..
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According to the team, such devices are useful for issuing simple commands in cases where the user cannot easy to hold the input device, for example, surgeons during operations, production workers, athletes during training. At the same time, the marks do not interfere with picking, holding and manipulating objects, such as a scalpel or a tool..
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text: Ilya Bauer, photo and video: University of Waterloo