21 Sep

Sony demos how Xperia Sola touchless display doesnt work

first_imgIf you didn’t quite understand the point of Floating Touch when you read about the Sony Xperia Sola the other day, maybe this new video from Sony will help. Then again, maybe it won’t.While the Sola appears at first glance to have the same sort of touchscreen as other smartphones, it’s not. Sony utilizes two different types of capacitive sensors, one (mutual) which detects physical touches and a second (self) that can pick up events from a distance of about 2.2cm. Yes, floating touch on the Xperia Sola can theoretically tell what you’re pointing at from almost an inch away!That ability, coupled with the arrival of hover events in Android 4.0, could allow for some very interesting user experiences down the road. However, right now the Xperia Sola floating touch demo Sony has posted makes the whole thing look a little futile.The finger we’re looking at is never anywhere near an inch away from the screen. Most of the time it appears to be narrowly avoiding actually touching the display — and you can see the occasional accidental touch take place. Unless you’re intently focused on not touching the screen of your Sola, chances are good you’d probably end up touching it anyway.Floating touch is a cool concept, but it’s just not very well suited to a handheld device that is meant to be handled and touched. It works much better in your living room or office, where the Kinect has shown repeatedly just how cool touch-free interaction can be.More at Sony and The Vergelast_img read more