Revolutionary “Invisible” Phone
Invisible Phone you say? Here’s the scoop. Researches in Germany, at Potsdam University have developed what many will consider a revolutionary idea in the mobile phone world. The Invisible Phone. Okay, so we know that it’s not actually possible for them to have created a true Invisible Phone, however researchers have found a way for you to use your palm as the touch screen to control your mobile device. Your touches and motions will be translated to the screen of your phone.
This breakthrough idea is brought to you by a depth-sensitive camera much like Microsoft’s Kinect peripheral camera for its Xbox 360, which views a user’s palm while they are tapping and sliding their finger. The system analyzes the data and wirelessly transmits the instruction to the device.
The idea “serves as a shortcut that frees users from the necessity to retrieve the actual physical device,” said Patrick Baudisch, a professor at the institute. Researchers are saying this technology could be useful during times you are unable or don’t want to physically pick up your device, like doing dishes for example.
It is said that roughly 68% of iphone users can locate a majority of the home screen on their hand without looking at the phone. So, apparently not seeing the phone isn’t a problem for many people.
Still being in the early stages of development it appears that the camera will be the biggest obstacle for Baudisch and his team. For now, the hand gestures are being viewed and transmitted to the device by a camera on a tripod. The developers are currently working on a way to eliminate the tripod before the system hits the market. One suggested solution would be for the user to be provided with glasses that have a camera to record the hand gestures, but this would pose a problem for those who wear prescription glasses and also comes across as more work than it’s worth for this “invisible” feature.
While the absence of the device is a breakthrough, the concept stills feel to be a ways off from actually being truly useful. There is still a lot involved in getting this idea functional, it really just needs to be simplified. Other phone makers such as LG and Aston Martin have attempted the development of see-through devices in the past. Obviously it’s a technology in need of a lot more tweaking. Many believe voice commands are the next logical step to hands free use of your actual device. Google already has some voice commands included in their Android systems.
There you have it. Another revolutionary breakthrough in the world of technology. Lets see how far this one goes.
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Hello, I'm Ian (eye-an) I was born in Recife, Brazil and raised in the fridge tundra of Minneapolis, MN USA. I graduated from Full Sail University in Winter Park, FL with an AA in Audio Recording Production and Engineering. I love tech, always have since I was a little tot and what better way to know more then to tell everyone else about it also. So here is teknami (tech-nah-me) Tek for tech and nami is a derivative of namesake.