Introducing to you is a prototype LumiWatch from team of researchers at Carnegie Mellon University. The new concept looks quite amazing and impressive from the researchers, it swiftly turns your arm to touchscreen after it project into your arm and you must tap and swipe on your skin before it would work.
Robert Xiao, a Ph.D. candidate in the Human-Computer Interaction Institute, worked with five other researchers in conceiving and bringing to fruition an invention which seems straight out of a scene from Blade Runner.
The LumiWatch prototype brings On-Arm projection to the smartwatch. Its the world’s first working projector smartwatch that turns your arm into touchscreen. Of course, we have a bunch of Smartwatches that allows you to do little fortunate tricky stuffs but this new concept device is something else.
Switching the projector on, there is an on-body interface that you must swipe left to unlock the watch and then apps are then displayed along your arm. Then the watch projects some laser lights from the side of the smartwatch to your arm.
Specs wise, the LumiWatch comes with 1.2 GHz quad-core CPU, Bluetooth 4.0, a Wi-Fi controller, 768 MB of RAM and 4GB of flash memory. It contains logic board, projector, depth sensor, metal enclosure, and battery. The graphics and display are powered by Android 5.1 firmware with a 740 mAh, 3.8 V (2.8 Wh) lithium ion battery capacity.
Thanks to the contained 15-lumen pico-projector module within an aluminum shell that fades away the heat generated from the projector. The projector uses three lasers of red, blue, and green, and fortunately, you can use the projector outdoors, as it is more brighter.
Comes with continuous 2D finger tracking and the battery might last for around a whole day. With 40 square centimeters of interactive surface area, it would nearly stay up to five times amount of interactive area than the typical smartwatch, the Carnegie Mellon team claims.
As you maybe interested, the device the arm essentially becomes the touchscreen, and the prototype appears to work far better – and with far fewer glitches – than you might imagine from a device yet to be released on the consumer market.