Microsoft plans to launch Windows Phone device with Kinect-like 3D sensing

Getting ready to debut mobile gesture control in the consumer market, Microsoft’s Nokia is planning to bring out a new flagship smartphone, codenamed the Lumia McLaren, later this year. It features a display and sensor combination with Kinect-like 3D Touch functions.

According to The Verge‘s sources, that are familiar with the company’s plans, the new flagship device will employ a technology known as 3D Touch or Real Motion, which Nokia has been developing for a number of years now.

Nokia Lumia 920

Nokia Lumia Smartphone

This successor to the Lumia 1020 is said to be a high-end Windows device and have a similar chassis to the current flagship, housing an equally impressive PureView camera along with a number of other sensors allowing the device to provide interactive gesture controls. The 3D Touch controls will allow users to interact with the display without having to physically touch the screen and it would seem like Microsoft is making the technology an in-house exclusive at this time.

Other examples of the 3D Touch controls include:

  • Allowing users to answer phone calls by moving the device near totheir ears
  • Hanging up a call by stowing the device in their pockets
  • Enabling speaker phone by placing the device on a flat surface during a call
  • Muting the device by covering it by hand or holding it against a chest
  • Dismissing alerts by waving a hand in front of the screen
3D Touch Technology

Microsoft’s 3D Touch Technology

The report also highlights that Microsoft has plans to take the technology further, with ambitions of eliminating all buttons on smartphones and developing the device so it can detect how it is held by the user by recognising hand pressure. This means that screen orientation lock can click into place automatically when the user is using the device whilst lying in bed for example, and buttons such as the power button can be eliminated as the user will be able to turn the phone on and off by simply gripping the device in a certain way. Interactions with the device can also be achieved by using the sides, and zooming in photography will be made easier as users can do co simply by dragging their fingers along the side of the device.

Nokia’s Lumia McLaren, the first device expected to feature Microsoft’s Kinect technology, is set to be announced with the next Windows Phone OS update later this year. You can take a look at the video below to find out more about what the team over at Microsoft Research have got going on with this 3D Touch technology.

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