Microsoft patent application can make typing on a virtual QWERTY much easier

Microsoft patent application can make typing on a virtual QWERTY much easier
Microsoft has filed a patent application with the USPTO that allows sensors on a device to measure the angle created above the screen by a finger used to tap on the glass. This would allow the device to know which part of the screen is being covered by your hand. Changes to the elements on screen can be made in anticipation of where you are going to be touching the glass. For example, computing the angle created by a user's finger could allow the device to figure out what keys on a virtual QWERTY keyboard you'll be touching next. Those keys could be enlarged in advance of the touch, in order to make typing more accurate.

The patent application, entitled "Hover Angle," was originally filed on January 3rd, 2014. The USPTO published it late last week. We could see the system in place on the upcoming high end Microsoft Lumia 940 and Microsoft Lumia 940 XL. Sensors on both handsets are expected to be able to support the patent. Both models could be launched this November.

According to the patent application, the "Hover Angle" was created by Dan Hwang (NewCastle, WA); Lynn Dai (Samamish, WA) and Muhammad Usman (Bellevue, WA). The trio assigned the patent to Microsoft.


source: USPTO via WMPoweruser

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10 Comments

1. arsenaljimenez

Posts: 198; Member since: May 03, 2012

Making the best keyboard even better

2. waddup121 unregistered

keyboard life

3. faptastic

Posts: 65; Member since: Aug 19, 2014

The WP keyboard already increases the touch area based on word prediction. That works wonders. IPhone and Android keyboards are such a mess when you've been typing on a Windows keyboard for a while.

5. Penny

Posts: 1851; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

Yeah, going from WP's keyboard to Android's default keyboard or SwiftKey, I seriously hate typing on that thing. So many typos and false corrections compared to the WP keyboard. iOS keyboard is pretty good too in touch accuracy, but not quite as good and definitely not as good in predictiveness.

7. Furbal unregistered

One of the reason I use thumbkey on android, it has a WP8 layout for it, makes the transition a bit easier. I swear the lumia 1520 had a damn near perfect virtual keyboard

4. Penny

Posts: 1851; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

Damn this sounds cool, speaking as objectively as I can being a WP user. Would love to see the interface change/functionality uncovered based on where my finger is hovering. Don't know if I'd want it on the keyboard though. You usually type fast enough where it would be rather distracting to see those keys resizing constantly. Their keyboard is already excellent anyway (most accurate in my opinion having experience with iPhone 6+ and Android Lollipop).

6. Bm888

Posts: 517; Member since: Jul 06, 2015

hover angle ¿ more like Samsung's hover using stylus....on it's note series

8. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

That's using a digitizer pen, this is using your bulky finger, massive difference in input and application.

10. exran

Posts: 61; Member since: May 02, 2015

Samsung Galaxy S phones also let you do the hover thing with your finger

9. tokuzumi

Posts: 1900; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

The hover angle, which is subset to the hover hand

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