VSkin: Sensing Touch Gestures On Surfaces Of Mobile Devices Using Acoustic Signals

Authors:
Ke Sun Nanjing University
Ting Zhao Nanjing University
Wei Wang Nanjing University
Lei Xie Nanjing University

Introduction:

Enabling touch gesture sensing on all surfaces of the mobile device, not limited to the touchscreen area, leads to new user interaction experiences. In this paper, the authors propose VSkin, a system that supports fine-grained gesture-sensing on the back of mobile devices based on acoustic signals.

Abstract:

Enabling touch gesture sensing on all surfaces of the mobile device, not limited to the touchscreen area, leads to new user interaction experiences. In this paper, we propose VSkin, a system that supports fine-grained gesture-sensing on the back of mobile devices based on acoustic signals. VSkin utilizes both the structure-borne sounds, i.e., sounds propagating through the structure of the device, and the air-borne sounds, i.e., sounds propagating through the air, to sense finger tapping and movements. By measuring both the amplitude and the phase of each path of sound signals, VSkin detects tapping events with an accuracy of 99.65% and captures finger movements with an accuracy of 3.59 mm.

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