Nokia patents device control with touch-screen symbol recognition

Nokia patents device control with touch-screen symbol recognition

Another interesting patent appearedfrom Nokia's vault. It seems the Finns have been working on what can bedescribed as a symbol recognition engine for their devices. No, it'snot some kind of technology that will let you read writings on thewalls of ancient pyramids. It's more mundane, and quite convenient inconcept - basically, you jot down the action that you want to performon the device's touchscreen, using your stylus or a finger. You canwrite "call mom" on your smartphone and it will executeyour order, but you can also devise a gesture of your own and assignit to a specific action.

While this technology isn't somemind-blowing way to interact with your phone or tablet, it willsurely find its fans if it works as advertised, and if Nokia(Microsoft) actually get to ship it in a product. Furthermore,Windows Phone is set to acquire its own voice assistant soon, sothere's another unconventional way to quickly check your Twitterfeed.

source: Patent Scope via WMPowerUser



1. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

the n9 had a concept app like that was slightly unaccurate and man that battery use to run around fast on with it !

2. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

So basically an enhanced version of gesture recognition

4. dexter_jdr

Posts: 1163; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

its auto gesture recognition on the homescreen i believe. like dolphin browser touch gestures- but already up and running in front of you.

7. doejon

Posts: 411; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

lol my note 2 has it already..

8. TheGenius

Posts: 339; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

Exactly. . But nokia fanboys would be praising the lord for such a creative and futuristic idea.!

9. Whodaboss

Posts: 176; Member since: Nov 18, 2011

Just to be clear. You can write a symbol on the Notes home screen for example an "Sy" and it will take you directly to the system tools if you set it up that way?

3. nobrainer

Posts: 16; Member since: Feb 11, 2014

check dolphin web browser have very similar thing and it works pretty good.

5. dexter_jdr

Posts: 1163; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

but this doesnt need the dolphin button to activate it. auto runs on the homescreen as it seems.

6. dexter_jdr

Posts: 1163; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

so you say, i scribble letter S on the homescreen... instantly goes to settings. neat

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