Implanted User Interfaces Move Closer to Becoming Reality

3 May 2012
Ben Logan

Author: Ben Logan

Passionate about improving services and experiences for the people that use them.

The next generation of space age user interfaces might be a little closer to home than we’d think – researchers are currently working on UIs designed to be implanted under the skin which will be responsive to touch and sensory inputs as well as Bluetooth and Wireless interaction.

The research is being carried out by Autodesk Research and is initially at present geared towards heath and medical applications.

According to Christian Holz, of the University of Potsdam in Germany, there has so far been no other serious research into this type of interface. He has said that his team are optimistic about the future possibilities and application of their research due to the increasing miniaturisation of the technologies involved.

For the immediate future though, such a UI device will be used to alert the user of any issues with medical implants, such as pacemakers.  The application can also be reprogrammed and charged by customers as necessary.

Although much more research still needs to be done in the area before it becomes a full-fledged reality, the possibilities of on-body user interfaces are fascinating – especially when considering applications in the commercial and marketing sectors.

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