Sony unveils ‘floating interface’ touchless display

by the BBC

A smartphone that allows users to browse the web by hovering a finger above links they would normally touch has been unveiled by the Japanese electronics giant Sony. The firm describes the technology as a “floating touch” user-interface. The Xperia Sola handset is due to go on sale in the second half of 2012. But some mobile phone analysts question whether the feature will be practical or popular. A number of firms around the world have been exploring gesture control possibilities for quite some time. Giants such as Apple, Microsoft and US mobile phone chip maker Qualcomm, as well as several small start-ups, are currently developing camera-based touchless technology. Sony’s new “floating interface” is different.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-17367993

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