EarTouch: Turning the ear into an input surface

Takashi Kikuchi, Yuta Sugiura, Katsutoshi Masai, Maki Sugimoto, Bruce H. Thomas

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16 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

In this paper, we propose EarTouch, a new sensing technology for ear-based input for controlling applications by slightly pulling the ear and detecting the deformation by an enhanced earphone device. It is envisioned that EarTouch will enable control of applications such as music players, navigation systems, and calendars as an "eyes-free" interface. As for the operation of EarTouch, the shape deformation of the ear is measured by optical sensors. Deformation of the skin caused by touching the ear with the fingers is recognized by attaching optical sensors to the earphone and measuring the distance from the earphone to the skin inside the ear. EarTouch supports recognition of multiple gestures by applying a support vector machine (SVM). EarTouch was validated through a set of user studies.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 19th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services, MobileHCI 2017
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
ISBN (Electronic)9781450350754
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Sep 4
Event19th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services, MobileHCI 2017 - Vienna, Austria
Duration: 2017 Sep 42017 Sep 7

Other

Other19th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services, MobileHCI 2017
CountryAustria
CityVienna
Period17/9/417/9/7

Keywords

  • Earphone
  • Photo reflective sensor
  • Skin deformation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Information Systems
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Software

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