Microsoft’s Research teams have developed a way to interact with touch screen devices through clothing.
The software giant is due to present its work on the technology at the Association for Computing Machinery Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology in California this week. Microsoft has developed a method that involves a custom sensor on the back of a smartphone. The sensor allows users to control the device through clothing.
GeekWire reports that the difficult challenge of the project was detecting device orientation. Microsoft’s solution involves an “orientation-defining unlock gesture” that allows the device to figure out which way is up. It’s not clear whether Microsoft plans to bring the technology to the mass market but the company generally utilizes its research tech in a number of shipping products.