Future Windows Phone models might know where your fingers are going before they hit the glass

Future Windows Phone models might know where your fingers are going before they hit the glass
Windows Phone powered handsets could eventually be given the ability to "see" where your fingers are before they touch the display. This technology uses a self-capacitive touchscreen to figure out where you are gripping the outer edges of the handset, and computes where your fingers are located in space above the screen.

With this information, the phone can use "pre-touch sensing" to figure out where you are going to press the screen before you even do it. You will be able to select text when typing, or press buttons without touching the glass. Websites could show links only once your fingers hover above the screen.

Unlike previous attempts at this type of feature, Microsoft expects its version to have many more capabilities than just scrolling up and down on a website. For example, while watching a video, you can cover the phone with your hands to call up the playback controls. If you're holding the phone with one hand while viewing the video, controls will appear on the side of the phone that you are holding.

Microsoft made a video of this feature last month. Even if this does make it past the prototype stage and becomes available on new Windows powered handsets, it probably won't be enough for Windows to pick up enough market share from Android and iOS to become a viable threat to either one.

source: MicrosoftResearch via TNW, Engadget



2. JasonMelling1229

Posts: 27; Member since: Feb 07, 2015

and then again they might not..

3. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Another day... Another gimmick... Typical Microsoft... Why did I fall in love with Windows Phone? My Lord, what I've done...

9. hafini_27

Posts: 951; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

I do agree it is kinds of gimmicky. Also, how have you been using your Lumia? My 1520 got several update in the Insider program and the thing has been running much smoother and more stable. Really enjoy using it for web surfing and watching Youtube.

4. emmawilliam834

Posts: 241; Member since: Feb 09, 2016

Nice! i predict android adopting this tech next year and apple adopting in the next 5 years lol´╗┐. here i want to add more info that Some users prompted to uninstall Facebook Beta for Windows 10 Mobile http://goo.gl/n7OD3g. It's unclear how many users are seeing this prompt

5. submar

Posts: 713; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

Just like Microsoft adopting Samsung Airview!

25. HomerS

Posts: 419; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

Samsung did this already with the Note 2 and the S-Pen 3.5 years ago, then with the Galaxy S4 with also fingers, over 3 years ago.

6. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

7. Shrihari

Posts: 104; Member since: Jan 29, 2013

Anyways Windows 10 knows everything about you...

8. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

U mad? I can turn everything off. Spybot Anti-Beacon to the rescue.

12. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I did turn everything off and install Spybot Anti-Beacon to make myself feel better. Microsoft Windows 10 is plain creepy, only one SSD is running it on my gaming notebook. The rest are Windows 8.1 their best OS next to Win7. And yes, those are been scan for known spyware patch update and with Spybot Anti-Beacon installed too.

15. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

I prefer Windows 10 above others. I use Virtual Desktops, Windows hello and Search everyday. I prefer the new design too. Its hard to go back to Windows 7 or 8

18. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I reserve my Windows 10 for their exclusive game title. I don't do any thing else on it. Maybe I will do more when I feel less creepy about it.

23. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

haha, JUST DO IT.

26. 87186

Posts: 312; Member since: Aug 01, 2014

seems like someone fell for the sensationalism. haha "creepy"? no more than a cell phone.

10. OdysseasP

Posts: 67; Member since: Aug 08, 2014

Instead of Microsoft investing into R&D for gimmick technology can it please try to improve its OS and create hardware which has a meaningful purpose, such as effective cooling, excellent displays etc.?

28. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

2k display on par with any high end phone, liquid cooling...fast charging, biometric verification in an Iris scanner...OS which is the hardest to crack atm, with the ability to run TWO SEPERATE screens at once, not simply Mirror them, creating probably the best ecosystem to build apps in with universal apps and visual studio, able to use cordova, xarmin etc. Seriously only thing that kills MS, is the foot soldiers on the ground that are die hardon nut jobs, and devs not putting into a 3rd ecosystem atm.

11. sebbellic01

Posts: 305; Member since: May 03, 2016

Yeah I have that on my S5, it is called S View..

13. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

It's not the same, Microsoft uses different sensors.

14. jeevanand88 unregistered

Dont do this man! Dont evn waste ur brainy resourses on this... Manytimes even we have no idea where to touch on the screen...!!

16. siddharthayadav202

Posts: 286; Member since: Apr 23, 2016

Though its useless, if it works very very well, it could be helpful. For example before your hands taps app drawer, ur phone can already process the stuff and it will surely make phones faster. It can do everything force touch does in opposite manner.

17. jeevanand88 unregistered

But How long are we waiting now to open an app drawer?! 5mins?!! its of no use if we try to optimize the things which is practically non measurable in real life...!! How do we know that we saved a 0.3millisecs while opening an app drawer?! i know its just an example, but i dont think there would be a great potential on it... Somewhere it would be useful not to everyone!! i think its like a floating touch or air touch that samsung has introduced in its previous falgships!! that would be cooler than this mind reading tech!!

19. Bondurant

Posts: 786; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

Excellent work. With such R&D exclusives their devices will be in my hands soon. Ps: dont mind the stock android fans with their infinite demand for featurless empty stock android and super computer processing power.

20. jesus_sheep

Posts: 279; Member since: Apr 18, 2015

All the technology in the world yet no apps or Google support. This will be their very downfall.

21. Nopers unregistered

One problem with this article, and that's "future Windows phones" haven't Microsoft given up on making lumias?

22. plasteek

Posts: 265; Member since: Jun 07, 2015

If I put my fingers in my girlfriend's underwear, the phone will know? :v

24. williandyzxz

Posts: 17; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

Xperia sola had this.

27. Ezio2710

Posts: 548; Member since: Aug 22, 2015

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