FingerAngle App Could Challenge Apple's 3D Touch with "finger angle" Recognition Algorithm

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One of the most "hyped" features of Apple's new iPhone 6s has been their 3D Touch technology that allows for different types of inputs from different levels of force applied while touching the screen. While the feature is debatable in how useful it is, there is no denying that it is one of the first "new" innovations we have seen in a smartphone for some time.

Already the various Android OEMs are working to developer their own version to add to future Android devices. However, it looks like they might not have to. There is a new software breakthrough that was recently demoed by a startup called Qeezo (technically they are a spin-off of Carnegie Mellon University). The app they created is called FingerAngle and it uses an algorithm that can actually detect the angle at which you tap, touch or press on your display. This can potentially allow the same functionality as Apple's 3D Touch.

What's particularly intriguing about this concept is that because it is handled in software, it can be added to devices without the need of the complex internal hardware that 3D Touch requires. That means existing smartphones and tablets could be "upgraded" with this functionality.

Of course, for now, it's still early on in the development stage for the slick new software tech. We wouldn't be surprised if this gets snapped up by Google, Apple, Microsoft or any of the various smartphone OEMs in the market.

For more info, check out the source link below, and you can also see a demo video in the thread below.

Source: Qeexo
 
Here's that video of FingerAngle:

 
Isn't that something like what my s pen does to the screen when I hover it over stuff?

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