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Thursday, February 21, 2013

Samsung Galaxy S IV to introduce touchless gestures for screen navigation


Remember the "floating touch" tech on the Sony Xperia sola, that lets you hover your finger over the screen and select links or pictures in websites without actually touching the display?

Well, the Korean DDaily publication speculates that something similar will be an added value with the Galaxy S IV, but on steroids. Samsung is reportedly using Atmel's newest maXTouch S controllers for mixed signal input to allow gesture-based navigation throughout the interface without contact with the screen.

As you can easily guess, we are full to the brim with curiosity whether this would indeed be the case when the S IV arrives, and about the possibilities such tech will open - like answering a call or shooting back a quick text while your fingers are dripping with chicken wings grease during the Super Bowl.

Pantech Vega LTE sports gesture control, but it uses the front camera, which consumes a lot of battery, whereas Samsung's solution is rumored to be very power efficient, and you can see a basic floating touch demo in the promo video for the Xperia sola below to get a rough idea what we can expect if this rumor pans out.

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