Microsoft SideSight Could Make Touching More Feasible on Small Screens

Microsoft SideSight Could Make Touching More Feasible on Small Screens

Sonia Zjawinski
Oct 31, 2008

Touchscreens are all the rage these days -- iPhone, Blackberry Storm, Motorola's Krave -- but the problem with touchscreens is that they bulk up your phone considerably. When you're going to touch, you tend to need a screen that's large enough to accommodate your sausage fingers, especially if you want to be able to do multi-touch commands . Well, that may be no more. Microsoft recently debuted their new application, SideSight.

The system lets you control what's on your phone's screen by tapping along beside it.

It works through infrared sensors embedded along the sides of a phone. These sensors can pick up your finger's movements up to 10 centimeters away. The idea is that, when you place your phone on a table you can then use yours fingers as a mouse, clicking on links, dragging, rotating and changing the size of images on the display, and even using one hand to move pages, with the other hand, equipped with a stylus to make changes onscreen.

Video of the system in action after the jump...

via New Scientist photo: cnet
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