This is the future: NTT DoCoMo demoes the one-handed Grip UI, and the "i beam" eye-operated tablet

This is the future: NTT DoCoMo demoes the one-handed Grip UI, and the
Finally some meaningful developments in UI and phone operation, coming courtesy of NTT DoCoMo at the CEATEC expo. The Japanese demonstrated an i beam tablet where you can stroll around the interface with a simple eye gaze, and also the so-called Grip UI concept, which would help immensely with one-handed operation of your smartphone.

The eye-tracking technology utilizes line-of-sight detection with near infrared light, and special camera unit that can follow the eye of the beholder. The Grip UI is aided by pressure-sensitive phone sides, that can detect up to five levels of squeezing, as well as the way you are holding the phone. Thus the handset can be programmed to execute apps, or do some other action.

We've been longing for a while now for someone to finally put the Back Android key, which is so often used, on the sides of the phone, instead of having to sprain our thumb to reach all the way down and press it all the time - a chore with large-screen Androids, and something that would be perfect for the Galaxy Note II and the like. 

These pressure-sensitive sides are a step in the right direction, and a combination of them with i beam would be nice to have, but a good old Back button on the side, right under out thumbs would do just as good for now. What do you think about the concepts shown below?

source: CNETAsia & Engadget


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14 Comments

1. AmitMajumder

Posts: 178; Member since: May 21, 2012

Now, there is something what I call creativity...

2. Jonathan41

Posts: 532; Member since: Mar 22, 2012

This stuff looks cool. Not necessarily practical just yet but, cool none the less.

3. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2363; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

Lol this was on engaget, like 2 days ago,,,

5. Peter27

Posts: 233; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

unfortunately I have to agree with you but then there is about 80% stuff here that you won't find in Engadget. that it's why I always check both of them. but it would be nice if we had all here in one place.

4. kamil

Posts: 118; Member since: Feb 07, 2012

And they still call Apple an innovation WTF

6. OpTiMuS_BlAcK

Posts: 418; Member since: May 04, 2012

i Beam eh? Lawsuits incoming....

7. dfreaker

Posts: 3; Member since: Oct 01, 2012

brace your self..epic lawsuit coming

8. JDCohen722

Posts: 39; Member since: May 18, 2011

I see it now "The Worlds First Touch-less Phone"

9. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Actually the grip control is a pretty old idea. I've read years ago on gsmarena about a fairly serious concept phone that does just about the same thing. Btw i disagree on the side back button part - it would require more movement of the thumb actually since during the use it is mostly already being stretched over at least a half of the bottom of the phone anyway

11. maxican16

Posts: 364; Member since: Sep 29, 2011

Who said the side had to be pressed with your thumb? Could be any digit or squeeze-type of input.

14. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

I give you that..

10. moronman66

Posts: 162; Member since: Jan 09, 2012

That is really innovative, I wish more companies came up with ideas like this. This might not be the most practical thing, but it certainly would be convenient under certain circumstances and with certain lifestyles. Good job DoCoMo!

12. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1360; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

Isn't this what Google glasses is all about? An Eye tracking device that you use to open a web browser or Google maps? I just see this as that and Google may implement this within Androide so all manufactures can tweak it to the way they like and offer it to customers on their respective devices.

13. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

looks good

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