Touch skin: Proprioceptive input for small screen devices

Changhyeon Lee, Jaedong Lee, Gerard J. Kim

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution


The smart watch, increasingly gaining popularity, has limited input and output capabilities due to its size and thus mostly used as a surrogate device to the smart phone. In this poster, we propose “Touch Skin (TS)” that enlarges the interaction space of the smart watch using the hand (or skin) surface and proprioceptive sense. While the input interface is displayed on the small smart watch screen, the interaction is carried out by touching on the larger hand surface to which the input interface elements (e.g. graphical buttons and keys) are mapped. We hypothesize that even though the display and interaction surface are separated, the humans are nevertheless able to perform competently based on one’s proprioceptive sense. While sensing for finger touch positions on the hand/ skin surface remains to be a technical hurdle, we first explore whether our hypothesis is valid through an enactment study comparing the performance the Touch Skin input to that of the nominal smart phones.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHuman-Computer Interaction – INTERACT 2015 - 15th IFIP TC 13 International Conference, Proceedings
EditorsMarco Winckler, Julio Abascal, Philippe Palanque, Simone Barbosa, Mirko Fetter, Tom Gross
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)9783319227221
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Event15th IFIP TC 13 International Conference on Human–Computer Interaction, INTERACT 2015 - Bamberg, Germany
Duration: 2015 Sept 142015 Sept 15

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Other15th IFIP TC 13 International Conference on Human–Computer Interaction, INTERACT 2015

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This research was funded by the Forensic Research Program of the National Forensic Service (NFS), Ministry of Government Administration and Home Affairs, Korea. (NFS-2015-DIGITAL-04), and the Basic Science Research Program through the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) funded by the Ministry of Science, ICT & Future Planning (No. 2011-0030079).

Publisher Copyright:
© IFIP International Federation for Information Processing 2015.


  • Proprioception
  • Smart watch
  • Touch screen

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • General Computer Science


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