Microsoft is developing touchscreen tech that could anticipate actions

A team from Microsoft Research has explored Pre-Touch Sensing using a touchscreen that can sense multiple fingers above a mobile device and grip around the screen’s edges. This research could have huge potential for the future of mobile interaction, leading to the development of even smarter mobile devices that can anticipate your intended actions before you even touch the screen.

Microsoft principal researcher Ken Hinckley led the project, with the research being presented in a paper titled “Pre-Touch Sensing for Mobile Interaction.” It explored using the phone’s ability to sense how it is being gripped as well as when and where fingers are approaching it.

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