While most of the people were looking somewhere else to design the alternative to navigate on devices, a team of MIT researchers has found an exceptionally small way to do it! The device created by the team comes as a real shock as major companies had not even thought about it. In fact, most of the major players in the sector were looking forward to create something with the eyes. But that is the story for another day.
According to the reports, two graduate students from MIT are developing a tiny track pad, small enough to fit on your thumb and large enough to enable you to navigate through your smart device. The track pad is being called NailO and is inspired from the nail arts, popular in most of the South Asian Countries. The Graduate students, Cindy Hsin-Liu Kao and Artem Dementyev, are working on the track pad and believe that it can be a perfect alternative to navigate through smart devices when both the hands are busy.
The duo has also built a prototype in the meantime and it is capable enough to perform the basic functions required of it. The prototype has a swappable membrane that allows the users to change the design at any point of time, much like the nail arts.
The other good thing is that the inventors are looking to improve the device to a greater scale. Although the prototype is working fine, both the graduates are looking for areas to develop and excel.
Kao and Dementyev have been talking to suppliers who makes very thin batteries what will exclusively fit in NailO. According to the makers, there is still a lot to be done for NailO before it can be used on a greater scale.
The researchers describe a prototype of the device in a paper they’re presenting next week at the Association for Computing Machinery’s Computer-Human Interaction conference in Seoul, South Korea.
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