In an innovation that can add an advanced feature to smartphones, a scientist from the US has developed a prototype smartphone with a touchscreen that can sense touches from different parts of user's hand. If all goes well, this would mean that we would soon be able to use right and double clicks on the touchscreen, just like a computer.
A SCIENTIST, Chris Harrison studying in Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh claims to have discovered a new kind of touchscreen, which can easily distinguish between the touches from different body parts like fingertips, knuckle or a fingernail.
Harrison did some modifications with the Samsung Galaxy S3's touchscreen and made it sensible for three type of touches from just acoustic and vibrational senses. According to UPI.com, Harrison said: "A big problem with touchscreens right now is that they are very simplistic, relative to the capability of our hands, and we could do so much more."
He says that fingertips of a user could select an object only, whereas knuckle tapping could work like a right click from a mouse of a computer and can be used in many more ways. He designed a new FingerSense software which makes touch sensor work in smartphones like this.
He says that sensors are just a standard piece of electronics that can be added to the main circuit board of any smartphone but his software is the key which will make a major difference to users.
Harrison is already talking to major samrtphone companies to sell his software, which he feels 'is the essence of technology for human beings'. "The real magic is in the software, this artificial intelligence that lives in the heart of the phone," says Harrison.