Nokia’s lid on a touchscreen interface

You know what’s really bugging me sometimes on a touchscreen devices that I’ve used so far? It’s that I have to actually look at at the screen to do anything with it.

There’s no way I can find necessary controls to scroll through songs, dial a number, or adjust the volume without looking at the screen. Or is there?

Well, Nokia has a really interesting idea about that – Slider input lid on a touchscreen of your mobile phone or music player.

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The basic idea is ingeniously simple. Ad a lid to a touchscreen device, with the specially shaped physical opening to guide user inputs. And then use the software to provide interface to control various applications through these guided user inputs.

Well, 2007 turned out to be the year when, thank’s to the iPhone, LG Prada KE850, LG KU990 Viewty, HTC Touch/Slide, Samsung F700 and the likes, we really discovered the use of touchscreen interface in mobile devices.

I guess 2008 will be the year when mobile touch really hits the mainstream and everyone starts churning out ever more innovative interfaces around it.

Author: Stasys Bielinis

While I like to play with the latest gadgets, I am even more interested in broad technology trends. With mobile now taking over the world - following the latest technology news, looking for insights, sharing and discussing them with passionate audience - it's hard to imagine a better place for me to be. You can find me on Twitter as @UVStaska'

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