Three innovations for mobile devices were unveiled by Japan-based technology company NTT DOCOMO at the Combined Exhibition of Advanced Technologies (CEATEC) 2012, an annual consumer electronics trade show.
A futuristic pair of glasses for making video phone calls use two ultra-wide-angle cameras mounted in the frames to record and then ‘synthesize’ the wearer’s face so that, to the other party, the image appears to have been taken from a normal front facing camera. Though still in the research stages, this technology could mean a seamless transition to video conferencing if using a glasses-type wearable display:
Also shown was a new type of user-interface designed especially for smartphone users who find themselves one-handed. The Grip UI uses sensors embedded in the sides of the phone to detect pressure from the users hand. This allows different functions to be assigned to activate shortcuts just by squeezing the phone in different ways. Onscreen actions will use a simple set of tap, shake, and four-directional swipe commands:
The third project, called ibeam, will allow tablet users to navigate their device using only their eyes. Near infrared eye-tracking technology follows the user’s gaze across the screen. ‘Clicking’ is achieved with a long-hard-look: