Scientists from Finland have developed a new technology whereby a ring, nail or wristband acts as a user interface allowing files to be transferred directly from one screen to another simply by touch.
The new InTouch user interfaces allows you to touch a file on one screen, for example, with a structure nail and transfer it through the nail to your friend’s smartphone or even to your car.
From the end user viewpoint, the data transfer between devices currently happens using memory sticks, short-range point-to-point connections (for example, Bluetooth) or the cloud (sharing services).
The solution, developed by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, allows files to be received, sent and shared much more easily than before.
The InTouch user interface operates with touchscreens and allows file transfer either directly or via a cloud service.
The new concept also enables entirely new kinds of interactive devices and product categories, and opens up new business possibilities, the researchers claim. Areas of application for the technology might include digital devices, cars, the manufacturing industry, logistics and health care. There is a patent pending for the technology.