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Nose-Controlled Smartphone Systems

'Itchynose' Can Change a Song When a Nostril is Scratched

— September 20, 2017 — Tech
This humorous system of smartphone control dubbed ItchyNose is a pair of connected eyewear that enables a user to control a smartphone by simply scratching their nose.

Staring at one's phone screen in public is not only considered rude, it creates a potentially hazardous situation for the distracted user. To combat this issue, a group of researchers developed a system in which a user can reject a call, pause a video or change a song while one's phone is still inside of a pocket.

The wearable, which enables a user to control a phone without drawing attention to oneself, features sensors embedded in the bridge of the frame, which are controlled by flicking, itching a touching specific parts of one's nostril.
Trend Themes
1. Wearable-controlled Smartphone Systems - There is an opportunity for wearable tech to be used as a more discreet and convenient way to control smartphones.
2. Gesture-based Technology - The use of gestures to control technology presents an opportunity for hands-free and more intuitive interactions with devices.
3. Integrating Sensors Into Clothing - Sensors could be integrated into clothing to enable gesture-based control of technology without requiring a wearable device.
Industry Implications
1. Wearable Technology - This trend presents an opportunity for wearable technology companies to create more discreet and convenient ways to control smartphones.
2. Mobile Technology - Gesture-based technology presents an opportunity for mobile device manufacturers to create more intuitive interfaces and reduce distracted driving.
3. Fashion - Integrating sensors into clothing could enable new applications for fashion, such as gesture-based control of devices without the need for a separate wearable device.
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