Grip-Based Phone Interface Lets You Squeeze To Tap

If you've ever tried to use your smartphone while standing in a cramped train car, or while carrying a bag of groceries, you soon realise the limitations of a touchscreen UI. You need two hands free, particularly in the age of the jumbophone. So as an alternative means to interact with your device — not a replacement — NTT Docomo in Japan has developed a handset that detects and responds to squeezes.

Understandably called the Grip UI, the prototype surrounds the phone in pressure sensors that work like a series of buttons. So squeezing the handset in specific areas would be translated as different functions. For example, putting more pressure on the left side of the device would jump back a page on a website. There's also the possibility for complex gestures since the prototype seems to be able to measure pressure on all sides at once.

It's good news for usability, but bad news for your one creepy friend who's already too attached to their phone as it is.

[NTT Docomo via Akihabara News]



    So many problems with this it's not funny. Most obvious is that when you are holding something in your hand, it is impossible to put pressure on just one side - you squeeze it and the force is applied equally to both sides. In any event, who has trouble using their phone one-handed? I do it all the time and the only time I need both hands is to type.

      Because Motormouth = every other user's experience in the universe ever. You've also conveniently ignored the fact that hands come in a huge variety of shapes and sizes. It's this conceit that the Apple zealots used to argue why 3.5" was somehow the scientifically perfect one-handed screen size for every human on the planet.

        I have small-ish sized hands and can use the galaxy note easily with one hand
        I think its more a problem of dexterity than hand size

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