A new Microsoft technology called PocketTouch means that operating a touchscreen device while it is inside a pocket, is no longer a dream in fact it could soon be reality! Not that it seems to be something that everyone would want to do, especially as rubbing your trouser pocket on the bus is not a great image is it?
According to the Microsoft Redmond researcher Hrvoje Benko;
“We wanted to capitalize on the tremendous surface area the real world provides,” explains Benko, of the Natural Interaction Research group. “The surface area of one hand alone exceeds that of typical smart phones. Tables are an order of magnitude larger than a tablet computer. If we could appropriate these ad hoc surfaces in an on-demand way, we could deliver all of the benefits of mobility while expanding the user’s interactive capability.”