Firms fuse high-tech sensors into concept phone
The future of smartphones?
Consumers could soon interact with mobile phones in more advanced ways than mere button presses or finger swipes, if the concept Fuse phone is anything to go by.
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Fuse employs multiple interface technologies – including multi-touch capacitive sensing, haptic feedback, and grip and proximity sensors – to let users glide through its applications by swiping a finger down the side or back of the phone.
Tilting the phone backwards or forwards also causes applications to react in certain ways and rumours are currently circulating online that Fuse even reacts when gently squeezed.
Fuse employs features from a handful of leading phone technology firms, including Synaptics and Immersion. It was designed to demonstrate “the future of user interaction for handsets”.
Synaptics’ ClearPad – first seen back in 2006 and since improved to cope with up to 10 fingers, NavPoint and TouchButton technologies, for example, allow Fuse to cope with multiple finger input and high-resolution finger input – though we’re unsure about that last one.
Fuse will be at CES in Las Vegas next month
While some of Fuse’s features aren’t particularly groundbreaking, the idea is at least a step in the right direction and demonstrates how “grip sensing” and “slide sensors”, for example, could help improve human interaction with smartphones.
It hasn’t been confirmed if Fuse will ever make it into shops, but Synaptics plans to demonstrate the device at the CES show in Las Vegas next month. ®
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I wonder How many patents they have or filed for this AnY iDeA ?
Some told me Nokia was working on something like that.
"even reacts when gently squeezed."
Yeh, so do I <g>
a better use for this...
Surely they should look to turn console controllers into something like this so you can calibrate buttons to any part of the controller that is most comfortable for you rather than what the manufacturer decides is the best fit for most people.
Not sure how useful it would be to stroke the back of my phone rather than the front.
Sony's universal remote
I saw a prototype universal remote at Sony Japan once which had a screen which somehow (through ultrasonic magic, apparently) made the on-screen buttons feel like you'd actually clicked them. Hard to describe - the buttons felt as if they "gave", even though there weren't any buttons. It was quite an astounding sensation.
Never seen it on sale anywhere. They should put this on the iPhone; it would be teh win - especially if you could feel for the buttons *before* you clicked on them.