SYMPIUS has proposed a revolutionary SPINT technology that allows the user to enter commands and text on a screen of any size, even one that's smaller than a penny, or about the size of your fingerprint.
SYMPIUS: Wearable Devices Now Make Perfect Sense with SPINT!
At this point in time, all experts agree that the future of wearable technology seems uncertain.
Though there is a subliminal feeling that wearables are the future, the technology has glaringly obvious restrictions, the main of which is the small size of the screens, which make the touchscreen-based "point-and-tap" interaction almost useless.
Now, SYMPIUS, a Palo Alto based startup, has proposed a revolutionary SPINT technology that allows the user to enter commands and text on a screen of any size, even one that's smaller than a penny, or about the size of your fingerprint.
For a demonstration, you can check out the startup's KICKSTARTER campaign page.
Starting with the days of introduction of mouse-driven GUI for the XEROX Alto computer (1973), all human-computer interaction has been based on the "select by position on screen" approach, which has worked well for big screens, but hasn't been ideal for their smaller counterparts.
SPINT (State-Point Interaction) — is a patent-pending technology that fixes the small-screen-size shortcomings of the traditional GUI. Instead of using interface elements that are selected by a pointer (cursor, stylus or finger), SPINT uses self-gated controls that are selected in a user's head, and triggered by either tapping, sliding or shaking the device. SPINT doesn't require a touchscreen capability. Even if your screen is smaller than a penny, you will still be able to enter commands and texts on your device.
SPINT may just look like an interesting gimmick that fixes the problem of interaction with small screens, but it's a technological quantum leap, because SPINT effectively changes the WIMP (window, icon, menu, pointer) paradigm into a WIMS counterpart, where "P" (pointer) is replaced with "S" (state). The technology also creates amazing new possibilities. SPINT makes wearables make more sense, since it allows users to effectively work with small screens, just as they do with smart phones and tablets.
What does SPINT provides aside from the possibility of entering commands and text into small screens? Amazingly, SPINT technology has opened a range of completely new possibilities that have never existed before, such as helping disabled people to better interact with any kind of computing device.
Just think about the possibility of unlocking your phone and entering your password at the same time with a single, not-continuous gesture; or making a phone call (let alone, math calculations) with one hand by simply shaking your device (a convenient feature for smart watches), or securely entering your password, even when a group of people is intently looking at your screen.
SPINT technology isn't only bound to small devices; it can go far beyond this scope, even to space where astronauts, wearing thick gloves, would be able to control wearable tablet-like devices attached to their sleeves.
If would like to find out more details about SPINT technology, you can see it yourself at sympius.com