Touchscreens revolutionized the smartphone industry. What was state-of-the-art technology just a few years ago is now almost standard for all devices (even some feature phones have touchscreens). The ability to operate a device by touch has changed the way we interact with our devices, but there’s always room for improvement. So, what comes next? How about gestures?
The Pantech Vega LTE will launch in South Korea this November. Pantech devices have not been the greatest Android devices to hit the market. We recently got a chance to review the Pantech Breakout, and it definitely did not impress us; it scored 6 out of 10.
But Pantech has shown us that it’s not going to dedicate its time only to low- to mid-end devices; the Pantech Vega LTE happens to be quite the beast. It carries some impressive specs, including a 1.5 GHz dual-core Qualcomm processor, 1 GB of RAM, LTE compatibility, a 4.5-inch 1280x800p resolution scrren, an 8 MP rear-facing camera a 1.3 MP front-facing camera and even an NFC chip. These specs sound awesome, but they aren’t what makes this device special.
Pantech has worked with eyeSight Mobile Technology to integrate gestures into this device, and it looks very promising. The video displays a woman answering her phone without touching her smartphone (with her doughy hands). It seems like this feature can also be used to control the music player, as well as other tasks.
It works much like the XBOX 360 Kinect, which recognizes your movement, understanding it as commands. It seems Apple has a hold of some patents related to this feature, though, so let’s hope things don’t start getting ugly. It would definitely be awesome to see more Android devices adopt this feature in the near future.
Take a look at the video, and let us know what you think. Would you like to be able to use gestures to control your smartphone?