Coming soon? Microsoft
touchscreen can predict your movements

June 26 2016 4:43 PM

Image from Microsoft Lumia Facebook Page
Image from Microsoft Lumia Facebook Page

Will this convince you to buy a Windows Phone handset in the future?

Microsoft is working on a touchscreen that can eventually predict your movements and respond accordingly.

“New research uses a mobile phone’s ability to sense how you are gripping the device, as well as when and where the fingers are approaching it, to adapt interfaces on the fly,” it said in a YouTube video.

A separate report on Mashable said the display technology, presently in the experimental stage, uses sensors to predict a user’s movements even before he or she touches the screen.

In the YouTube video, Microsoft demonstrated “anticipatory techniques” and “ad-lib interfaces” on the touchscreen, allowing them to respond not just to hand gestures but also to grip.

The screen senses a “hovering” finger before the finger makes actual contact with the screen, and presents a set of appropriate controls for the app.

On a browser, the display is uncluttered but the hover feature can trigger contextual controls.

Touch+Hover features can allow a user to enhance a selection, and has potential for games.

But Microsoft said that while there are many possibilities with this technology, it is still in its early stages.

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