Microsoft Pre-touch Display Tech Can Be Next Big Thing

Updated On: Thursday, December 28, 2017

Pre-Touch Display Phone From Microsoft is the Next Big Thing

Microsoft is working on the next generation of Pre-touch input for upcoming smartphones. There were rumors about the Microsoft Surface Phone which is alleged to run on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 and with insane 8 GB RAM.

The next generation of Microsoft smartphones may feature this new cutting-edge display technology.

Microsoft Pre-touch

This new Microsoft project (unveiled in a demo video) offers enhanced touch interaction on mobile devices. Pre-touch sensing for mobile interaction is incredible and will find application in many tasks.

The video demoed the working of this technology on apps such as video players, games, file handling, and browsers.

Possibilities are limitless with the new tech!

Further, the pre-touch sensing looks like a high-sensitivity capacitive touch digitizer that’s capable of sensing the fingers at a distance just like a proximity sensor.

Besides, this can show context menu option before the finger touches the screen. In fact, more like Apple’s force touch display functionality where a user needs to apply force.

Instead, in the pre-touch display, you have to just hover your finger on top of the App to give you more options. It is going to make life easier.

The video shows a prototype video player, which utilizes this pre-touch sensing for showing interactive elements such as volume control, adjusting brightness, play or pause buttons, equalizer, etc.

On a browser, the pre-touch display can highlight content elements, such as links, video stream.

The feature even helps to ease the interaction in some tricky places like text or file selection, enlarge small clickable items in a dense area and also differentiate between a tap and swipe.

Pre-touch displays can offer 3D touch Functionalites

Furthermore, the pre-touch also detects how you hold the phone by a sensors present at the gripping area. It senses whether you are holding it in your right or left hand. Thereby, showing the interactive elements to the proximity of your fingers.

This approach looks similar to Apple’s 3D touch, but it works by sensing the finger above the screen surface. Instead of sensing the pressure from below like the 3D touch.

The pre-touch screens were supposed to launch in 2014 by Microsoft but yet are still a concept and WIP.

Ever after 2 years, Microsoft is reconsidering the project.

It’s almost 9 years ever since the first capacitive touch phone, the LG Prada was introduced.

Pre-touch can be groundbreaking developments in touch screen technology. Besides, the forced touch by Apple, Samsung’s Curved OLED or the flexible display by LG.

Microsoft’s new pre-touch sensing technology is going to be the coolest thing ever done for smartphone displays.

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