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Sony dishes out the details on Xperia Sola's 'Floating Touch' technology

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    Here's a bit of a followup article to one that we posted just yesterday. Sony shared some more details on how their new "Floating Touch" technology works on their newly announced Xperia Sola phone. If you missed the article and/or haven't heard about the tech, it basically allows the display on the phone to detect a hover gesture as well as physical contact. One of the primary uses for this feature would allow users to hover over the screen like a cursor when in a browser and selecting links. The new tech can even detect the distance that your finger is from the screen.

    Sony explained the technology by sharing that tiny little microscopic gnomes live under the display and run around tirelessly pushing buttons to match your hovering finger's movements. Okay, I made that part up, but Sony really has shared a bit about the technology on their mobile developer's blog. Here's a quote from the AndroidCentral article with a great summary,

    This tech seems pretty fascinating and potentially pretty useful if they have figured out a way to counter-act any "oversensitivity" issues. In fact, this new "breakthrough" could be big enough that Sony might consider licensing it to other companies to use in their phones. In the mean-time, it will be interesting to see what sort of great ideas that third party devs can come up with to take advantage of this concept. For a more in depth technical explanation, check out the Sony Developer's Blog.

    Source: AndroidCentral
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    I like this phone for its design. It's quirky looking, and I love it!

    I'm hoping Sony puts more phones on verizon, cause I would gladly pick one up.
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    Sound like a cool idea but based one the glitches I've seen in the past with standard touch-screen tech I imagine this could result in some user frustration during navigation. Maybe unintentional navigation among other issues. I also wonder if they've corrected the lag issues with the touch-screen. I think I read that the lag issue is because of a bottle neck between the sensor and the processor. Anyway, it's nice to see companies still trying to be innovative. :biggrin:
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    I shall momentarily spew some vitriol. So, Samsung has flexible screens, Sony has new touch technology, Apple has...

    Interesting days indeed.
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    nice!
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    I give it a week after launch before Apple decides that Sony has violated some obscure patent like "Ability to hold a mobile device and dial a number" or something stupid like that.
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    Also, that is one sexy phone. Put a slide out keyboard on it and I'm down. Motorola who?
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