By now, almost everyone has figured what a good touch interface on a mobile device should look like. Also, almost everyone is dabbling with at least some sort of multi-touch features on mobile devices.
Nokia is no exception here.
While Symbian based Nokia touch handsets might still be lagging behind the competition, their Maemo 5 based N900 shows, that Nokia has finally learned how to make a really good touch based mobile device. The next version, due sometime next year promises to be even better.
Meanwhile, Nokia R&D labs are already looking beyond multi-touch.
In this patent application, Nokia is exploring a 3D multi-touch interface for the mobile devices, that reacts not only to your finger movements, but also to the strength with which your finger is pressing the screen.
The 3D multi-touch interface is enabled via a combination of capacitive touch screen and a number of force sensors, that are able to measure the force you press the screen with, and also the direction of that force as you move a finger on a touchscreen display.
The actual implementation of this technology might be pretty far off, but a device with a well implemented 3D multi-touch interface, coupled with the Nokia haptikos tactile touchscreen, we’ve seen cooking in their R&D labs, might be really something.
When it comes out eventually.
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