Microsoft’s prototype allows you to discretely send messages while your phone is still in your pocket.
The Microsoft Research team has developed a new screen technology that can sense multi-touch input through fabric, including heavy fleece. Called the PocketTouch, the innovation allows users to discretely send text messages when they can’t have their phone out, such as in a meeting or on a dinner date.
The PocketTouch can make out letters and words written on the screen even when it’s hidden in someone’s pocket. The new technology will also make it convenient to operate a smartphone in cold weather without having to take gloves off.
Scott Saponas, a researcher on Microsoft’s team, commented that a key feature of the PocketTouch is an “orientation-defining unlock gesture to determine the coordinate plane.” This essentially means that the screen can automatically determine the direction the person is writing on the phone from, so you don’t need to worry about having the phone the right way up.
Watch the video below to see how this new technology works.