Samsung's latest patent suggests in-air gestures could be just around the corner

Samsung's latest patent suggests in-air gestures could be just around the corner

Current smartphone interfaces rely heavily on taps and swipes, but a new patent application from Samsung hints at a new way to interact with phones that will remove the need to even touch the displays.

The new method described is based entirely on motion and in-air gestures. Specifically, Samsung would fit compatible devices with a new sensor unit that is capable of recognizing motion. When this happens, the sensor will automatically activate the gesture-based interface. These gestures will include swiping from left to right, or up and down in order to scroll through pages, and a new space tap that will simulate a traditional tap. Also, covering the display entirely will switch it off.

In general, it seems Samsung has a very specific group of customers in mind that could potentially benefit from it. See, while touchscreen panels are viable options in almost all scenarios, the South Korean giant does mention that their usefulness is reduced significantly in countries where extremely low temperatures are common during the winter periods. Separately, the company does also note that the feature could benefit drivers. After all, touching the display of a smartphone or a built-in entertainment system is both unsafe and impractical while driving.

This patent isn’t the first time in-air gestures have been hinted at – rival Apple is also said to be working on an implementation of its own – but it does suggest that Samsung’s alternative could be just around the corner.


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17 Comments

1. haruken

Posts: 303; Member since: Nov 06, 2013

It's weird how the S3 had something similar back in the days then it disappeared and now it's coming back

3. SayMobile

Posts: 154; Member since: Jan 29, 2014

The S4. My galaxy S4 had it back it the days.. It was fun having them on your phone.

15. Cicero

Posts: 1103; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

I still have the Galaxy S4. Yesterday I bought a new battery for it. So I will play a little bit with gestures.

4. bucknassty

Posts: 1296; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

you know why it disappeared??? becaust sites like this kept writing that they were gimmicks and worthless.... PSSSHHHHH that s**t was the bomb on my note 3, i could pretty much go through that phone without laying a finger on it!

13. apple-rulz

Posts: 1875; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

Yes, it was totally the fault of phonearena that Samsung removed those features. It had nothing at all to do with the fact that those features rarely worked and consumed enormous amounts of battery. Get yourself another Note 3 that you controlled solely by thoughts and gestures. Be ahead of the curve once again.

2. phljcnth

Posts: 549; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Is this different from the Air Gesture controls used in, I think, the Galaxy S4 and the Galaxy S5?

9. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 998; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

It'll probably be a remastered version, now that the company produces better sensors for more accurate tracking

5. bucknassty

Posts: 1296; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

SO... they are bringing back the gimmicks huh??? remember your reviews PA?

6. GeorgeAF

Posts: 83; Member since: Feb 25, 2014

I loved the gestures on my S4. Samsung has always been innovative, pity their innovations are often classified as gimmicks just because they are ahead of their time

7. MarvzIsFallen

Posts: 646; Member since: Aug 11, 2017

Samsung aren’t trendsetter, iphone is.

8. sissy246

Posts: 6961; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

You really need to get a life and stop trying so hard.

10. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 998; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

Oh yes, Apple really set the trend for Wireless charging, fast charging, LED displays, and water resistance....

14. toosmoove

Posts: 914; Member since: Sep 28, 2017

"Samsung aren’t trendsetter, iphone is." *sentence that doesn't make any sense typed on my iPhone*

11. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1511; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

Note 3 and Note 4 had a toggle to increase screen sensitivity for glove use, worked great in the cold weather in the northern parts of America. S4, S5, and N3 also had air gestures for doing a number of things. Basically they are bringing back what was once labeled useless gimmicks.

12. alaw.14

Posts: 412; Member since: Sep 10, 2013

Then the return of ir blaster?

16. Phantom1031

Posts: 263; Member since: Aug 02, 2014

I dont know why the heck phonearena brings apple into this, and then it will be claimed blah blah apple invented air gestures

17. DerryAhmad

Posts: 296; Member since: May 05, 2012

Why Phonearena has to bring Apple into this article. Samsung already had the air gesture way back since the S3/S4, 5 years ago! This time, I think it's going to be the rework of previous air gestures now that tracking system is getting more advance.

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