There seems to be a push for different ways to interact with your devices. Rumors have it Samsung will be implementing an “eye-tracking scrolling” feature in the approaching Galaxy S IV, and Nokia has implemented “super sensitive” displays that can be used with gloves on. Well, according to some new patents that were filed in 2009, but finally granted today, describe a way of interacting with the device using pressure. Patent No. 8,390,481, titled “Sensing capacitance changes of a housing of an electronic device,” describes how a users interaction with a device could be sensed through pressure on the device:
By measuring the electrical characteristics of the housing, such as the housing’s capacitance, both before and during user interaction, the user’s interaction can be sensed in a manner that is independent of the user’s electrical characteristics and/or in a manner that may allow a pressure applied to the housing by the user to be quantified.
The patent also describes a failsafe to keep unintentional bumps or drops from being registered by the system running the pressure sensing. When it does sense that a user is applying pressure, however, the device could then trigger a corresponding software action. Some, including AppleInsider, have pointed out how this technology would be great for a device such as the oft rumored iWatch. The build of the device would be flexible, and would leave areas to be easily “pushed” or “squeezed” in order to perform an action. It’s obvious still unclear though if Apple will be using this in something like the iPhone though.
What do you think? Would you like to see this in action? Hoping to see it in the iPhone or something else? Let us know in the comments, or tweet me @TiP_Kyle.