Nokia seems to be a bit behind the competitors in figuring out how to make full touch user interface work on it’s smartphones.
But they are getting better at this and should eventually figure things out.
In the meantime Nokia R&D labs aren’t sitting still too, and are looking for a new ways to control your mobile device that goes beyond today’s traqditional UI’s.
We’ve already told you about the haptics tactile feetback methods that are being tried there, or ultrasonic 3D gesture based touchless device control.
Well, here’s one more interesting approach to control your mobile device with the help of some wearable electronics.
The basic idea is pretty simple. Create a comfortable sleeve, with embedded sensors that react to the stretching and relaxation of the human skin.
As the skin stretches differently when you move your fingers and/or hand, the input device can figure out the different gestures and transmit them as commands to a mobile device wirelessly.
The input device can be used to intuitively control a wide range of mobile gadgets , including your phone, game console, media player, laptop, near eye-display and many others.
This kind of controller may not seem too practical and looks pretty far fetched, but, if wearable electronics will become as popular as some are predicting, it might come in quite handy in a few years.
You can download a patent app here (*.pdf, 1.5 MB) : Nokia input sleeve
If you liked the post, you might find these interesting too:
- Samsung files patent for cellphone sign language recognition
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- Sony Ericsson’s Mobile Phone/Universal Remote Control
- Nokia patents a dedicated gaming console/phone idea
- Google’s Project Glass could be operated via laser projected virtual keypad/keyboard