I really hope some technology transfer from Microsoft Research’s Computational User Experiences group will show up in this rumored product.
Skinput (video below) – using an armband it measured vibrations through the skin to “sense” touch interactions on the arm. I wonder if the same effect can be achieved with the wrist strap of a watch.
Muscle-Computer Interfaces (muCIs) – sensing muscular activity in the arm and fingers using a strap-like device. Similar to the previous, if it could sense through the watch strap, then could enable much more fine grain control by just moving fingers.
PocketTouch – capacitive touch input through fabrics. Although I don’t imagine a watch being covered by a long sleeve shirt for the most part, it would be handy to be able to interact with it through the fabric.
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