Oct 31 AT 3:22 PM Edgar Cervantes 20 Comments

Video: Evolution of the touchscreen; control your device with gestures


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?

Via: Phandroid

Source: All things Digital

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  • uknowme

    Wow that’s kind of promising. I would say just for stuff like that when you don’t want to touch the screen. I work in a field where I get my hands covered in grease, oils, and other things I don’t want on my phone. I could only imagine using it for answering a phone call though.

  • http://www.typhonrt.org/ Mike Leahy

    Neat… I just hope gestures A-Z are not patented to death because it’s neat, but questionably patentable. “No see you wave your hand from left to right not right to left which is patented!” Microsoft also filed for some 3D gesture patents, but more for object control. Goodness the claims are many and so broad. This is an application not a granted patent; I hope it doesn’t get granted.

    Grasp simulation of a virtual object:

    I just don’t understand how there isn’t a body of academic research from the computer vision arena that is prior art to all of this!

  • kwills88

    There is a lot of times where I am cooking and because I have to wash my hands, wipe it off before I touch my phone I end up having miss calls, this would be really cool if we can have this baked into android

    • WarDrake

      i’m jut plain lazy and would like to just wave my hand and answer the call so i can concentrate in what i’m doing, but this would be an awesome feature to have…

  • mikemick

    When reading the title, I was thinking, who cares, and this is gimmicky (maybe it still is). However, after watching the simple video advertisement, I realized that this is actually pretty cool. It’s refreshing to see a simple video advert that gets the point across so clearly.

  • Rashad

    All these frivolous patents from Apple are just getting ridiculous. I hope they don’t go after this tech, it looks quite promising

  • My galaxy

    Microsoft and apple will just say they own the patent and block it anyway unless company coughs up. Waiting for the patent to gesture of typing in a phone number. Maybe the volume bottom. Hey the ability to end a call by pressing a button on the screen. It’s almost impossible to make a phone without someone saying they have the patent to something. Now going to patent looking at the screen and pressing graphical representations of an application which opens said applications when you click on it.

  • Tenrou

    This is a rather nice addition I think. Just talking about the Android world though this kind of motion sensing interaction is also available on the Fujitsu Arrows Tablet which is already available in Japan so it’s not really a first.

  • http://www.iwillstudy.com Nixit

    nice content keep on witting

  • pjax

    for me, it’s too gimmicky

    99% of the time you are able to touch your phone
    and you would prefer to touch your phone too

    the 1% utility should be provided by a third party app, for those people who find their hands dirty all the time

    and besides, would you really view the gallery while your hands are dirty?

  • http://k-selezneva.blogspot.com/ KatSelezneva

    The idea is great. But I wonder if Apple is going to patent it. Instead of inventing something new themselves, they begin hindering the market. Clash of the Titans: Samsung vs. Apple http://k-selezneva.blogspot.com/2011/09/clash-of-titans-samsung-vs-apple.html

  • http://dangkhoa.vn may tinh

    extremely interesting

  • Nider

    Is it only Me?
    The Title is actually not related to the Article..
    Evolution of Touchscreen? Is this related to Gesture Control?

    I have an old Sony Ericsson W380, and its not a touchscreen phone (its a flip phone), it has a Gesture Control, when you activate the gesture control, waving your hand or even your finger back and forth will silence any incoming calls or stop the alarm..

    And i dont think, the Nintendo Wii (which uses a Gesture Control) is a Touchscreen Device..

    • RootMe

      Agreed, touchscreen has nothing to do with gesture control. Proximity, light sensors and camera I would assume. The screen just displays the picture like it would if you were touching it :P

  • KidEnglish

    6 out of 10 is a pretty epic score for a crap phone. I remember (back in the day) when something was crap it’d get 1-3 points, 6 (or 60%) was for better than average.

    Seems like everything ok gets 7 out of ten these days, so hard to work out what’s actually good.

  • Richard P

    Umm, has no-one checked out Prox on the market?

    This isn’t new.

    • momoypingx

      yup. it’s really not new. been using prox pro for awhile now..

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