MIT Researchers develop 'NailO', A Trackpad on Thumbnail

‘NailO’ the all new Trackpad on Thumbnail from MIT Researchers

A team of MIT researchers have found an unusual small way to navigate on devices, where many of the people are trying somewhere else to design the alternative. Major companies who didn’t even think of the device, this product created by the team comes as a complete surprise. In fact, most of the major players in the sector were looking forward to create a device that has to do something with the eyes. However, we will keep this story for some other day.

Two graduate students, Cindy Hsin-Liu Kao and Artem Dementyev from MIT are working on a tiny track pad, which is small enough to fit on your thumb and large enough to enable you to maneuver through your smart device, as stated in the reports. The track pad is being called NailO and is inspired from the nail arts, which is very popular in most of the South Asian Countries. These two graduate students are developing on the track pad and believe that it can be a perfect substitute to browse through smart devices when both the hands are occupied.

The duo has also built a model in the meantime, which is capable enough to perform the basic functions required of it. The model has a swappable membrane, much like the nail arts, that allows the users to change the design at any point of time.

The inventors are looking to better the device to a greater scale which is another good aspect. Although the model is working fine, both the graduates are looking for areas to flourish and shine.

Kao and Dementyev are in talks with the suppliers who make very thin batteries that will exclusively fit in NailO. In order for it to be used on a greater scale, a lot needs to be still done for NailO, say the makers.

The inventors describe a model of the device in a paper they are going to present next week at the Association for Computing Machinery’s Computer-Human Interaction conference in Seoul, South Korea.

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