The Most Exciting New Display Technology Is Microsoft Owned

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The most exciting new mobile interface to come out of any technology company has actually been demonstrated by Microsoft. Yes, the same company whose efforts in the mobile space up until now have yielded nothing but heartache.

The company demonstrated a new type of display that had sensors integrated into them allowing the phone to know where your fingers are going to tap before they actually touch the screen. This information about how the phone is being held, whether it’s being used one handed or two handed or whether the grip is tight or loose is relayed back to the operating system that tailors its interface accordingly.

In the video player demo that Microsoft showed off, the kind of controls that showed up differed on one handed and double handed use and they always showed up in a convenient enough location close to the position of the hand.

It was something entirely new and yet something that could be integrated into phones in the near future. Hopefully, Microsoft has some plans to integrate this technology and maybe even some other cool stuff from its research labs into the rumored Surface Phone.

Microsoft has been delaying the launch of its Windows 10 Mobile platform for quite some time now and the beta versions available to Windows Insiders too do not seem to be getting any closer to release quality anytime soon. This relegation of its own mobile software to an afterthought has prompted many technology commentators to declare the Windows Mobile platform dead and be limited to a small minority of fanboys.

The extent of this technology could allow for easy navigation irrespective which way the phone is being used and also let app makers utilize the full extent of screen real estate on offer. It is easy to imagine how this interface could change the way we interact with games, media intensive apps or anything else really.

Microsoft had tried to teach its users to use full-screen apps with Windows 8 with the help of ‘charms’ and active corners but that turned out to be a huge disaster. The implementation of the pop-up menus was terrible and non-intuitive. The inconsistency among different usage patterns turned out to be a huge learning curve that people just could not get over.

It is ironic thus that Microsoft seems to be at the forefront once again of interfaces that promote full-screen usage.  There is no telling if we will ever see this technology make it to production model phones, but if we ever do, it may be enough to turn a few heads and make some people actually want a Windows Mobile device.

 

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