Microsoft demonstrates new technology from sensors in the screen can predict where you press with your fingers. It offers new, interesting opportunities.
Since the launch of the iPhone in 2007, there has been no banegrydende new way to interact with its smartphone on. It has been by simple pressure and multi-touches, which in and of itself also brings plenty of opportunities with them.
It seems a team at Microsoft Research, however, is not. They have developed a new technology for future smartphones that lets the software calculate where on the screen you press, before you actually do it. It may remind you a little bit about Samsung’s earlier “floating” touch “function in particular. Galaxy S4, but now done a bit more usable.
The technology can be done due to a so-called “selvkapacitiv touch screen”, which can sense his fingers above the screen before they touch it. The technology can also sense when printed out from the side, when the Palm rests along the screen. So it is not the actual hardware that is innovative, but the software that Microsoft has developed for this purpose.
Based on how the phone is held and how it is rotated so the technology can predict exactly at what point on the screen there will be pressure. To show what opportunities it may bring with it has Microsoft people demonstrated the technology in the video below in various apps.
For example, you can view a video on YouTube in full screen. If you then want to change the volume, pause the video, switch to another or perform other actions, you typically click on screen to minimize the video and open some options, but not with this technology.
Here comes all the buttons above right where you need to press with your fingers, which makes it not only easy, but also faster to perform small acts that only requires your attention briefly. As soon as you remove your finger again, disappearing buttons namely also from the screen.
The technology can also calculate, when you hold the phone in one hand. In such a case will therefore only present the buttons in the same page as your hand and, of course, show fewer buttons, since you can’t row over nearly as many with only one hand.
The technology also offers new possibilities in your Web browser, where you can rest your finger across a website to see how hiding URLs, which you can click on. The possibilities are many, but certainly not yet known whether the technology will one day be used in a future Windows phone from Microsoft.