The Times of India reports that just like Nokia, Microsoft is also working on ‘no-touch’ technology for phones, tablets and TVs.
Rico Malvar, Microsoft’s chief scientist, said Microsoft is building an electronic bracelet that can detect movements in a person’s fingers, allowing them to imitate the actions of poking and flicking the screen to operate a device.
Users will be able to control a mobile phone with gestures even when it is in in their pocket, or a TV when their back is turned.
One can image the technology being integrated into a future Microsoft smartwatch.
Microsoft has also unveiled new ‘interactive displays’ which gives the illusion of a globe spinning or a dragon flying inches above a flat monitor. Cameras and motion sensors allow people to interact with these floating objects.
Another prototype allows someone sitting in front of a large screen to see a series of cubes. They can then slip their hands behind the device in order to ‘touch’ these objects.
Tim Large, a researcher from Microsoft Applied Sciences Group, said that final versions of these displays will be ready in two to five years.