Everybody remembers the “floating touch” that was included with the Sony Xperia Sola that let the user hover their finger over the screen to click links or pictures without actually having to touch them. Well now Samsung is supposedly going to include that same hardware in their next Galaxy device except greatly improved. Samsung will reportedly be including Atmel’s newest maXTouch S controllers that will create a mixed signal input and allow gesture based commands without having to touch the screen at all.
If Samsung is indeed going to include such hardware in the S IV then it is going to raise the bar for all flagship phones that follow and open up a lot of doors as to what smartphones can do. For instance we’ve all had greasy fingers and needed to reply to a text or an email and got grease all over our screens doing so, but maybe now that will change. No longer would you need to actually contact the screen, you could just hover your fingers over the keyboard to type and spare your screen the damage.
While this technology sounds cool there is one question that arises, how does this affect battery life. Any technology like this is sure to strain battery life and with battery life becoming more and more important and affecting people’s choice when buying a smartphone this could hurt Samsung a little in the long run. But again this is all rumor so for now all we can do is wait and see what new tech Samsung actually includes and i’m sure it’ll be great.
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