“Microsoft is working on smartphone cover that acts as a touchscreen ‘

Apr

18

2016

Microsoft seems to work on a smartphone cover which not only protects the casing, but also can be used as a kind of touchscreen. The idea is that the cover is used as a supplement to the smartphone screen.

The research team at Microsoft is working together with a group of Swiss scientists to the concept that Flex Case is mentioned. There is a video published online that explains how the smartphone cover works. In it can be seen that the sleeve also acts as a touch screen, and in that it is coupled to a smartphone. By pressing the touch screen buttons smartphone can be controlled, sometimes in collaboration with the own screen of the paired device.

For the construction of the cover used an E-Ink screen of 4 “that can detect input with piezoelectric sensors. These sensors measure the pressure or deformation of the material. As a result, besides simply touching the screen, other ways of entry possible . act Certain deformations of the flexible screen thereby as gestures. an example is the redirecting of a corner of the Flex Case in order to adjust the volume.

For example, a possible application of the secondary touchscreen is placing text which serves the screen as a kind of clipboard. In the video you can see how different pieces of text can be placed on the touch screen to quickly paste it later. However, Microsoft researchers have figured out more applications, including for card applications, the camera and as a security method. The latter is among other things possible by setting an access code via the secondary touch screen, which also takes into account how hard the user presses on the screen.

Because it is still a research project is unclear if and when such a concept could be on the market. Microsoft has disclosed nothing here, making it likely that any commercial release is still far away. However, the researchers plan to demonstrate the Flex case next month at the Computer Human Interaction conference, which then may be more familiar.

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