I think that we all know that the touchscreen has ruled the smartphone for the past few years, but what if there were other methods of control? I just learned of two technologies that could change that game.
A patent granted to Apple today by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states that a housing is under development that will allow control of a smartphone with a little bit of touching and squeezing. You know how you can touch your phone’s touchscreen and activate all the features? Picture being able to have your smartphone react based on how much pressure you put on the screen.
Sounds pretty cool, doesn’t it? There is more. Imagine being able to silence a ringing phone by just waving your hand in front of the screen. I believe that there are sensors to help out with that one.
Speaking of sensors, there is a report from the New York Times that a Samsung employee has revealed that the Samsung Galaxy S IV will have eye tracking software. So, if you are surfing the web on the S IV, and you reach the end of a page, it will automatically scroll down, detecting that your eyes will want to go there.
Well, I have no way of knowing if this iPhone rumor of the squeezing is true, at least until August, when it is rumored to be unveiled. As for the Galaxy S IV, that will be unveiled on March 14, a mere nine days away.