iSkin: The latest wearable achievement

Not sold yet with all those exciting wearables that are created every day? This one is probably the one that will get your attention. It’s called the “iSkin” and it is a patch that once applied to your skin, it works as a touchscreen-like surface to help you control all your mobile devices. The concept is being developed by computer scientists from Saarbrücken in collaboration with researchers from Carnegie Mellon University in the US and it is still in a working phase.

What’s more interesting is that this gadget has been manufactured to more than one shape and size in order to fit various body types as well as body parts, such as the finger, the forearm or even behind the ear. Whether it is stretched or bended the iSkin can sense any kind of pressure applied.

The prototype is based on progresses that has been done concerning the “electric skin” that allows robots to feel better their environment, and senses such as touch, pressure and temperature. Scientists have reached a point on the development process where they can answer incoming calls, play music and change the volume. So far a roll-up keyboard has also been designed to be used with a smartwatch..

The tools that are used to build the iSkin is biocompatible silicone rubber with pressure sensors that can stick to the user’s skin (which makes it count as a wearable. In fact, the material that was used for this “skin” is called polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) an easy-to-process silicone-based organic polymer that is fully transparent and used in implants. It has also been confirmed that it does not cause any allergic reactions.

“The stickers allow us to enlarge the input space accessible to the user as they can be attached practically anywhere on the body,” said Martin Weigel, a PhD student in the team led by Jürgen Steimle at the Cluster of Excellence at Saarland University.

For the time being, this futuristic gadget can only be connected via a cable to a computer, but in the future in-built microchips will allow the stickers to function wirelessly, according to “Steimle”.

While it strikes as a pretty interesting creation, this wearable is still not fully developed so maybe we should not get ahead of ourselves. Perhaps a look at it sometime in the next few months would give us a more complete idea around the iSkin, since nor the price neither any technical features have been released yet. So until then, stay tuned to read all the latest news on this and many other hot topics!

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