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Fat Thumb smartphone interface makes pinching easy with one hand

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Fat Thumb smartphone interface makes pinching easy with one hand
Back when the iPhone 4S launched, the biggest shock for everyone seemed to be that the handset retained its design and proportions, and most notably the 3.5-inch screen that looks a bit small by today’s standards. But some rightly pointed out that for one handed operation, it’s perfect as your thumb can reach virtually everywhere on the screen with minimum hand juggling.

We don’t mind larger screens, but for those of you for whom one-handed operation is crucial, there’s definitely some discomfort when screen sizes start climbing above the 5-inch mark.

And here’s one technology that can make single-handed operations on even larger screens easier and it’s called the Fat Thumb smartphone interface. It will come in particularly handy when you try to pinch to zoom in or a map. You just place your thumb so that the screen can recognize its larger than other fingers size and tilt the device - it’s that simple.

The only bad news is that for now this is just an experimental project by the University of Calgary, which is only getting officially presented in September, but you can check out the video and keep your (fat and non-fat) fingers crossed it becomes a reality.

source: University of Calgary GroupLab via Gizmodo

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posted on 05 Jul 2012, 09:15 7

1. Smartest-Man (Posts: 3; Member since: 03 Jul 2012)


Very useful for bigger smartphones such as the galaxy note

posted on 05 Jul 2012, 09:19 3

2. thedarkside (Posts: 652; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


and for my fat sausage sized fingers.

posted on 05 Jul 2012, 09:20 3

3. ObjectivismFTW (Posts: 211; Member since: 03 Jul 2012)


Haven't Samsung Web Browers have some something similar to this?

posted on 05 Jul 2012, 11:15 4

4. jmoita2 (Posts: 930; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)


I can already see some clerk at Apple trying to match this with a "patent" they filed years ago...

posted on 05 Jul 2012, 19:50

6. sithman (banned) (Posts: 299; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Awwww shutup

posted on 05 Jul 2012, 11:50

5. Stuntman (Posts: 714; Member since: 01 Aug 2011)


I think this is very useful.

posted on 05 Jul 2012, 23:13

7. chemhaz (Posts: 160; Member since: 04 May 2012)


Man, that guy in the demo really has a FAT thumb.
Great idea btw, I'll be keeping an eye out for it to become avaiable.

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