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smart watch with multiple solutions

A watch that works in multiple dimensions and a smart ring that provides calendar alerts are among the top technology Dartmouth College will bring to the 30th ACM User Interface Software and Technology Symposium (UIST 2017).

Other technology to be introduced by the Dartmouth team includes a thumb-tip recognition technique that optimizes interaction with computer applications.

The research projects, products of Dartmouth’s human computer interface lab, have been chosen by UIST 2017 to feature alongside some of the world’s most innovative technology.

“Understanding and improving how humans interact with computers are essential parts of technology development,” said Xing-Dong Yang, assistant professor of computer science at Dartmouth. “We look forward to UIST as a unique opportunity to share ideas on innovation.”

Imagine viewing a video or playing a game on a smart watch and having the device provide feedback that allows you to feel a ball bounce or an asteroid explode. Dartmouth’s RetroShape does just that.

Seeking to improve the user experience with smart watches, RetroShape uses a shape-deforming watch back that allows the user to view and feel virtual objects.

Each pixel on RetroShape’s screen has a corresponding tactile pixel — or taxel — on the back of the watch face, allowing the virtual world to be extended to the 2.5D physical space on its back. The construction allows watch developers to use the wearer’s skin under the watch face for feeling output that matches the visual content being displayed on the watch.

The back to the watch face is constructed using 16 independently moving pins that allows for the real-life rendering of shapes and movement. ScienceDaily