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Hover me digits! Nokia bringing touchless zooming and panning to Lumias

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Hover me digits! Nokia bringing touchless zooming and panning to Lumias

Nokia already introduced a hovering gesture in Lumias running the Amber update, where a simple pointing with your finger close to the display wakes it up from the Glance Screen mode, but now it is taking the feature to the next level. It patented two more ways for touchless interaction with its Windows Phone devices, and we wouldn't be surprised to see those hitting Lumias soon:


Hover based Text / object enlargement while reading or UI interaction. The letter or part of the word you hover on will get enlarged making it easy to read. This will also help in rendering touch inputs more easily.

Hover base handling of text input and icons. There will be three modes while using the keyboard to input text and once hover is done, the user enters into Zoom-pan mode from normal mode, where the part of text under hover gets zoomed in and also the text panning takes place based on movement of the hand. As soon as one touches the screen the device enters into pointing mode and hover interaction ceases. It may make text input really a breeze.


source: EuropeanPatentOffice (1) (2) via NokiaPowerUser

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posted on 27 Sep 2013, 07:43 14

1. power_x (Posts: 244; Member since: 28 Aug 2013)


Genius !

posted on 27 Sep 2013, 07:47 16

2. amasog (Posts: 157; Member since: 22 Aug 2013)


because its nokia. opps!! samsung will copy it 4 sure!

posted on 27 Sep 2013, 07:55 12

4. Arslan25 (Posts: 23; Member since: 07 Sep 2013)


^hello apple fanboy

posted on 27 Sep 2013, 08:03 14

6. Kurai (unregistered)


Sony is the first one to implement hovertouch on a smartphone namely the XPERIA SOLA *facepalm*

posted on 27 Sep 2013, 08:56 7

11. tadaa (Posts: 258; Member since: 18 Apr 2013)


+1 xperia sola also introduced glove mode like on lumias

posted on 27 Sep 2013, 16:33 2

41. MaxJenius (Posts: 3; Member since: 12 Sep 2012)


Sweet! You mean it works like on my old Nokia N900 from 2009? The Nokia N9 also will also notice your finger above the screen without touching it. Both came out before the Sola. Hopefully the Xiaomi Mi-3 I ordered will have this.

posted on 27 Sep 2013, 20:40 1

45. yudi.nemesis (Posts: 1127; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)


Can you show me any video about your N900 and N9???

posted on 28 Sep 2013, 18:26

54. yudi.nemesis (Posts: 1127; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)


Next time if you claim
something you should be able to show the proof.

your N900 and N9 is not able to do what Xperia Sola can do.
Because the Xperia sola super sensitive display is able to detect your finger up to 20mm above the screen.

posted on 30 Sep 2013, 02:20

58. MaxJenius (Posts: 3; Member since: 12 Sep 2012)


I think you misunderstood me. Sorry English is not my first language.

My comment was to make fun of Nokia for being so far behind linux community. Nokia had no hand in the software on these devices that allowed them to do this. They were Community hacks or projects that actually hurt quite a few of these devices. I do not like Nokia.

I do not spend much time on forums. I no longer have a N9. You should do research before talking as a Android user I would like to recommend google search engine.

Nokia N900 was also able to make a call to a contact with a thought in 2010. It may have been harmful to some devices but It was even available for brave consumers to test. Again Nokia who are idiots had no part in this and deserve no credit.

The finger detection works like crap on N900 and is only available at idk a little over 5mm no where near 20mm. I didn't claim it worked as well as Sony. Just that it was tested on those devices.

N900 also had abilty to control apps with facial detection but it worked no where near as well as on Galaxy s4. 2009 hardware had limitations. Nokia was not responsible for this as well feature as well.

Sorry I do not frequent forums much just not my thing. As I said I do not like Nokia and will never own a new Nokia device. I did pre order a Xiaomi Mi-3 and it was a hard choice between that and the Sony Z-1. I like Sony hardware a lot.

It makes me sad to think Apple or Samsung will get most credit for smartwatch in the future as well. :(

posted on 27 Sep 2013, 08:22 12

9. protozeloz (Posts: 5381; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


We already see this on the note

posted on 27 Sep 2013, 11:32 1

33. taikucing (unregistered)


So, who copies who?

posted on 27 Sep 2013, 08:56 13

12. Volcra (Posts: 21; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


Sorry... But the note 3 already has these features... Hovering over text with finger to bring up an enlarged image

posted on 27 Sep 2013, 09:21 9

14. brar.arsh (Posts: 158; Member since: 12 Sep 2012)


Samsung S4 already has this. (Sort of, in Gallery and some other places like in music etc.)

posted on 27 Sep 2013, 09:37 9

17. RiseAgainst94 (Posts: 281; Member since: 03 Mar 2012)


Nokia copied this from Samsung bruh

posted on 27 Sep 2013, 09:57 1

20. pokharkarsaga (Posts: 365; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)


& Samsung copies from everyone.wait for iwatch to release & then sammy will copy it already.

posted on 27 Sep 2013, 10:13 8

23. HouTexan (Posts: 316; Member since: 08 Jan 2012)


Wtf are you talking about? Samsung already announced their smartwatch lineup. On top of that, didn't Samsung create the first smartwatch (Serious question, if anyone can answer this for me)?!

posted on 27 Sep 2013, 10:24

25. yudi.nemesis (Posts: 1127; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)


Seiko, a Japanese watch
company, was one of the
first to develop wrist
computing technology. The
first digital watch, which
debuted in 1972, was the
Pulsar manufactured by
Hamilton Watch Company.
"Pulsar" became a brand
name which would later be
acquired by Seiko in 1978.

posted on 27 Sep 2013, 10:25 3

26. boosook (Posts: 1093; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


LOL! Not at all! The SonyEricsson LiveView came out in 2011, the Sony Smartwatch in 2012, and the Smartwatch 2 in 2013. While Samsung hasn't released its first smartwatch yet, Sony has just released its *third* smartwatch.
Then there were some other watches like the i'mWatch and the Motorola MOTOACTV (also 2011 or 2012).
All these watches have been released long before Samsung announced its smartwatch.

posted on 27 Sep 2013, 10:51

30. Samsungadroidrules (Posts: 104; Member since: 28 Jul 2013)


Oh come on Brainless iSheeep. You sure about that? Samsung is about to release their awesome Smart watch, while your Beloved certified copy cat Apple is blank about it at the moment. GO ON, Be happy with your Useless iPhone along with its Girly Laggy iOS7. hahaha

posted on 27 Sep 2013, 11:44

34. _Bone_ (Posts: 2140; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


Yeah, mothafokas have a time machine for that sh!t!

posted on 27 Sep 2013, 10:29 3

27. yudi.nemesis (Posts: 1127; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)


You are totaly wrong because Sony Xperia Sola is the first phone with touchless/hovertouch/sensitive display and its developed by Sony mobile and cypress tech.

Samsung and Nokia uses the same technology from synaptics.

posted on 27 Sep 2013, 10:34

28. yudi.nemesis (Posts: 1127; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)


And In Galaxy Note 2 Samsung use wacom digitizer.

posted on 27 Sep 2013, 11:21 2

32. AwesomestMaximuss (Posts: 123; Member since: 09 Jul 2013)


Regarding the first one, Galaxy S4 has the exact same feature already...

posted on 27 Sep 2013, 10:46

29. Samsungadroidrules (Posts: 104; Member since: 28 Jul 2013)


REALLY? Sony Introduced this first, Improved by Samsung in S4, NOTE 2 AND 3. And still Samsung copied it from Poor, Dying Nokia? Hahaha! Pathetic Samsung Jealous Haters! Goshh! Nokia is still Talking from their Grave eh? hahaha. Lame!

posted on 27 Sep 2013, 12:20 2

36. RiseAgainst94 (Posts: 281; Member since: 03 Mar 2012)


You're an idiot.

posted on 27 Sep 2013, 19:18 1

43. Alex123 (Posts: 227; Member since: 17 Oct 2012)


Nokia is always a step ahead of the others in term of innovation, new technology and all of its competitors will soon be copied it (Like Wireless charging, OIS, Camera technology, Super Sensitive Touch). Every company trying their best to compete Nokia.

posted on 27 Sep 2013, 20:04

44. yudi.nemesis (Posts: 1127; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)


Wireless Charging :
At CES in January 2009, Palm, Inc. announced their new Pre smartphone would be available with an optional inductive charger accessory, the "Touchstone". The charger came with a required special backplate that became standard on the subsequent Pre Plus model announced at CES 2010.

Optical image stabilization :
In 2011 Sharp launched AQUOS SH-01D Android phones that feature optical image stabilization.

Super sensitive display :
In march 2012 Sony announced Xperia Sola Android phone that feature super sensitive display to allow floating touch, its developed by Sony mobile and Cypress technologies.

*Lumia 920 Is announced in september 2012

posted on 28 Sep 2013, 02:01

47. Samsungadroidrules (Posts: 104; Member since: 28 Jul 2013)


OMG. Nokia is always ahead? really? hahahaha. In what part? Co'z for the last 3 years, Nokia got left behind. And now, they're gone. What's innovative to your Beloved Nokia? Their Old Crappy Name or those Lamias phones that are featureless and Boring?? Alex123 is dreaming. Just want to remind you that your beloved Nokia is lying on the grave now since the other flop company Microsoft tricked them. hahahaha

posted on 27 Sep 2013, 07:49 5

3. shikroi (Posts: 187; Member since: 24 Sep 2012)


I am going to miss this company.

posted on 27 Sep 2013, 09:35

16. brrunopt (Posts: 552; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


Nokia is not going anywhere, they will just sell their HARDWARE division to Micorsoft.

posted on 27 Sep 2013, 07:58 2

5. Rongocook (Posts: 76; Member since: 20 Sep 2013)


Nokia, was the best and most innovative co. ever!

posted on 27 Sep 2013, 08:03 5

7. boosook (Posts: 1093; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


Oh, yes, very innovative...
http://developer.sonymobile.com/knowledge-base/technologies/floating-touch/

posted on 27 Sep 2013, 12:10

35. dexter_jdr (Posts: 1163; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


yes they did it. but no one cares back then.
when lumia 920 had the glove mode, sony updated the sola to have glove mode too.

posted on 27 Sep 2013, 08:16 2

8. wicpromd (Posts: 266; Member since: 20 Aug 2013)


Xperia Sola :)

posted on 27 Sep 2013, 08:47 1

10. Rongocook (Posts: 76; Member since: 20 Sep 2013)


So what? Nokia was the best co for decades. Do you think they were successful without any innovation?

posted on 27 Sep 2013, 09:13 3

13. yudi.nemesis (Posts: 1127; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)


Nokia has a lot of innovation but touchless/hovertouch is not nokia innovation and they also not the most innovative co. ever

posted on 27 Sep 2013, 09:55 4

19. Topcat488 (Posts: 1173; Member since: 29 Sep 2012)


Nokia still talking from the grave?

posted on 27 Sep 2013, 09:27

15. anleoflippy (Posts: 320; Member since: 03 Jan 2013)


This feature was on my previous phone, Xperia Sola. It's also present on the Xperia SP.

posted on 27 Sep 2013, 09:48 7

18. WHoyton1 (Posts: 1635; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)


used on xperia sola, samsung galxy s4, samsung galaxy note 3.....nothing new here!

posted on 27 Sep 2013, 10:02 6

21. Bilpocalypse (Posts: 301; Member since: 13 Oct 2012)


Agree that Nokia didn't innovate here, but it is nice to see features like this coming to the Lumia line. Keep up the good work No---Microsoft.

posted on 27 Sep 2013, 10:13 3

22. yudi.nemesis (Posts: 1127; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)


I agree with you

+1

posted on 27 Sep 2013, 10:15 3

24. HouTexan (Posts: 316; Member since: 08 Jan 2012)


Finally, a post that's non-biased.

+1

posted on 27 Sep 2013, 10:56 1

31. Samsungadroidrules (Posts: 104; Member since: 28 Jul 2013)


Blah blah blah. These features were first made by Sony, Then popularized and Improved By Samsung in Galaxy S4, Note 2 and 3. Jeez, what's innovative here? It seems that the Poor, Dying Nokia starts to copy the Number 1 smart phone company ah? haha. Ooops. My bad. R.I.P Nokia! HAHAHA!

posted on 27 Sep 2013, 12:48 2

38. chandancherry (Posts: 30; Member since: 25 Jun 2013)


childish comment!!!

anyways you seemed to miss an 'n' in your name!!

posted on 28 Sep 2013, 02:06

48. Samsungadroidrules (Posts: 104; Member since: 28 Jul 2013)


What ever, I intended it Adroid, since many android users here uses that as their codename here in PA Chandancherry. What's childish about my comment? I just stated some FACTS about your beloved Nokia being Lame, copy cat and BEHIND to its competitors. Truth hurts doesn't it? hahaha

posted on 28 Sep 2013, 10:31

52. chandancherry (Posts: 30; Member since: 25 Jun 2013)


Oh! I am hurt now...:(

and I dont want to argue with you because you are that one silly guy who laughs at the end of his own comment.

posted on 27 Sep 2013, 12:46

37. chandancherry (Posts: 30; Member since: 25 Jun 2013)


Yes, this tech. is not new, but its first to be on a WP device!!

posted on 28 Sep 2013, 02:09

49. Samsungadroidrules (Posts: 104; Member since: 28 Jul 2013)


And who cares about Ugly Nokiass Windows Phones nowadays? For the last 3 years, no Windows phones has been able to sell great. Nokia is just part of the history nowadays. Yes they ruled before, but now they are lying on their Grave since the other flop company microsoft fooled them. How poor these crappy companies. hahahah

posted on 28 Sep 2013, 10:41

53. chandancherry (Posts: 30; Member since: 25 Jun 2013)


There are millions of Nokia WP fans.
In last 3 years: 710, 800, 920, 720 and 520 are sold well.
There is still a lot to come out from Nokia's bag, so, its not a history.
Microsoft is not a flop company unless you are from mars.

Hence proved you are lame commenter.
Now start bashing again.

posted on 27 Sep 2013, 13:04

39. Pdubb (Posts: 239; Member since: 08 Aug 2011)


Wait, wait, wait the article says they are patenting this. I must be missing something because you cannot patent something that is widely used right? Maybe Nokia is doing something different. If not they are pulling a move from the Apple playbook.

posted on 27 Sep 2013, 17:07 1

42. Bilpocalypse (Posts: 301; Member since: 13 Oct 2012)


I'm figuring that they found a different way to do it. I'm guessing the other way is already patented. Besides, Apple patents things they don't use so other companies have to pay them to do it. Nokia, mostly, ends up using their patented ideas.

posted on 27 Sep 2013, 15:40 2

40. Pancholo (Posts: 377; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)


Screw you, guys. Alien civilizations have had this for millennia. Human "innovation" sucks.

posted on 28 Sep 2013, 01:22

46. sstarch1 (Posts: 1; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)


"It patented two more ways for touchless interaction..."

This is factually incorrect. It has applied for a patent, nothing has been patented. This is an important distinction.

posted on 28 Sep 2013, 02:12

50. Samsungadroidrules (Posts: 104; Member since: 28 Jul 2013)


Sigh -_-. Nokia is still talking from their crave by copying the tech that were made by other great smart phone companies? haha. Nothing is new, the reason why millions of people nowadyas doesn't care about Nokia Smart phones or even their disgusting tablets are other comapnies Like, LG, Samsung, Apple,HTC were able to make Amazing smart phones and worth buying too. Unlike Poor, Dying Nokia? Hahahaha! - Truth hurts!

posted on 29 Sep 2013, 00:49

55. Pancholo (Posts: 377; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)


I wish you success in school and your future endeavors with... dat grammar.

Also, you don't care; others certainly do. Too bad. You probably restrict yourself to just whatever you "like." Such a pity considering all the great technology out there. Nowadays, misunderstanding and misusing tech hurts more than the truth - your "truth."

posted on 29 Sep 2013, 03:17

56. Qwerty-keyboard (Posts: 10; Member since: 29 Sep 2013)


hallow apple fanboys!nokia is still coming,,,,

posted on 29 Sep 2013, 16:33

57. Ant34 (Posts: 193; Member since: 10 Aug 2013)


How can they patent something that's already available in Sony and Samsung phones?

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