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April 26, 2010

Phones Controlled by Gestures? Japan Releases Sneak Peak

By Kelly McGuire, TMCnet Editor

As more and more technology devices are busting into the handheld device-type market, the need to stay above the curve is more adamant than ever in the mobile space.

Now, everyone knows that Apple (News - Alert) tends to try and be the “do all, end all,” of technological advances, especially with the iPhone and iPad, but there is another initiative in the works that could create an even bigger mobile storm than the iPad.

With the recent Nokia (News - Alert) rumor about the possibility of gesture-controlled phones, the company, which has claimed it’s waiting to progress its lack of touch-based interface phones to “do it the right way,” seems to be eyeing a new type of mobile gateway.

But, Nokia isn’t the only one going on about this potential futuristic-type mechanism. The University of Tokyo, in typical form, has released a video showing some gesture-controlled phone possibilities.

Without touching the “touch screen,” a gesture-controlled phone would allow for a user to simply move a finger over a key or command, and the device would obey, without even having to come in contact with the actual phone.

Call me a bit old fashioned, but I think this may be a bit too advanced, even for me.

Kelly McGuire is a TMCnet Web editor, covering CRM and workforce technologies, and anchor of its daily TMC Newsroom video broadcast. Kelly also writes about eco-friendly "green" technologies and smart grids, compiling TMCnet's weekly e-Newsletters on those topics, as well as the cable industry. To read more of Kelly's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Kelly McGuire

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