Drawing in air, touchless control of virtual objects, and a modular mobile phone with snap-in sections (for lending to friends, family members, or even strangers) are among the innovative user-interface concepts to be introduced at the 30th ACM User Interface Software and Technology Symposium (UIST 2017) on October 22–25 in Quebec City, Canada.
Here are three other concepts to be presented, developed by researchers at Dartmouth College’s human computer interface lab.
Retroshape: tactile watch feedback
Darthmouth’s Retroshape concept would add a shape-deforming tactile feedback system to the back of a future watch, allowing you to both see and feel virtual objects, such as a bouncing ball or exploding asteroid. Each pixel on RetroShape’s screen has a corresponding “taxel” (tactile pixel) on the back of the watch, using 16 independently moving pins.UIST 2017 | RetroShape: Leveraging Rear-Surface Shape Displays for 2.5D Interaction on Smartwatches
Frictio smart ring
Current ring-gadget designs will allow users to control things. Instead, Frictio uses controlled rotation to provide silent haptic alerts and other feedback.UIST 2017 — Frictio: Passive Kinesthetic Force Feedback for Smart Ring Output
Pyro: fingertip control
Pyro is based on moving the thumb tip against the index finger, a natural, fast and unobtrusive way to interact with a computer or other devices. It uses an energy-efficient thermal infrared sensor to detect to detect micro control gestures, based on patterns of heat radiating from fingers.UIST 2017 — Pyro: Thumb-Tip Gesture Recognition Using Pyroelectric Infrared Sensing
Highlights from other presentations at UIST 2017:UIST 2017 Technical Papers Preview