Win­dows phones will know where your fin­gers are be­fore they touch

Fiji Sun - - Techworld -

Win­dows phones could soon learn a new trick from their Kinect cousins: the abil­ity to see. Mi­crosoft Re­search re­leased a new video late last month that demon­strates the pro­to­type “pre-touch sens­ing” sys­tem.

It uses a self-ca­pac­i­tive touch­screen to recog­nise both the user’s grip around the outer edge of the phone and their hov­er­ing fin­gers im­me­di­ately above it.

With that sen­sor data, the phone un­der­stands how you’re hold­ing it and can an­tic­i­pate in­ter­ac­tions based on its ori­en­ta­tion, whether it’s be­ing held in one hand or two, the num­ber of fin­gers in­volved and how far they are from the screen.

There’s no word on when or if Mi­crosoft will ac­tu­ally bring this tech­nol­ogy to mar­ket.

Mi­crosoft’s smart­phone line looks to be on its last legs, mark­ing a decade-long de­cline for the com­pany.

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