Show Your Hands: Smartwatches Sense Hand Activity

Show Your Hands: Smartwatches Sense Hand Activity

Publication Title
Canegie Mellon University
Publication/Creation Date
May 6 2019
Media Type
Press Release
Persuasive Intent

We've become accustomed to our smartwatches and smartphones sensing what our bodies are doing, be it walking, driving or sleeping. But what about our hands? It turns out that smartwatches, with a few tweaks, can detect a surprising number of things your hands are doing.

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University's Human-Computer Interaction Institute (HCII) have used a standard smartwatch to figure out when a wearer was typing on a keyboard, washing dishes, petting a dog, pouring from a pitcher or cutting with scissors.

HCI Platform
Location on Body
Marketing Keywords

Date archived
May 9 2019
Last edited
October 7 2019
How to cite this entry
Human-Computer Interaction Institute (HCII), Byron Spice. (May 6 2019). "Show Your Hands: Smartwatches Sense Hand Activity". Canegie Mellon University. Carnegie Mellon University. Fabric of Digital Life.