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Human Skin as an Interface: Attitudes & Preconceptions

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dc.contributor.advisor Dougherty, John P. Fatima, Noor 2021-07-12T11:57:40Z 2021-07-12T11:57:40Z 2021
dc.description.abstract With the recent advancements in technology, on-body projections have become a topic of interest in the field of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI). Scientists have been able to successfully develop prototypes that leverage human skin as an input or an output surface. The skin provides an adequate amount of surface area and is always with us which makes it a potentially good candidate forinput and output. Although there has been a great emphasis on how to perfect this technology by using various sensors or by running several tests for hardware quality checks, there needs to be a focus on the human interaction with such technology. In this case where the input/output surface is not a ‘device' but rather the human skin itself, it is crucial to understand what the interaction looks like between the human and the on-body projection. Thus, in this two-part paper, I first complete a literature review based on the previous studies done by researchers related to human skin as an input. Then I explore the results of a survey that I did among college students to determine what they think of such technology and how they would possibly interact with it. Although the data from the survey are limited, they give an insight into the way a small set of people perceive on-body projection and human skin as an interface. These results may be very helpful in putting human perception and interactive behavior with on-skin technologies at the core of the product design.
dc.description.sponsorship Haverford College. Department of Computer Science
dc.language.iso eng
dc.title Human Skin as an Interface: Attitudes & Preconceptions
dc.type Thesis
dc.rights.access Open Access

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