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Microsoft Research Demos 3D Touch Phone

Microsoft Research Demos 3D Touch Phone
Microsoft may have delayed its 3D Touch flagship phone back in 2014, but the device has apparently lived on.

(CCM) — In a new Microsoft Research video, the company revealed a smartphone that works with hover gestures. Using sensors located along the edge of the device, this smartphone can determine how it's being held, and sense when a user is interacting with it, without the user ever touching the display. The most notable demonstration of this technology in the video is in its playback controls. When the prototype device is held with two hands, the controls appear centered on the screen, but when it is in one-handed mode, the controls jump to either side for easy thumb access. The video is called "Pre-Touch Sensing for Mobile Interaction," and can be viewed here. It is unclear when these features might roll out of the Research division and into a consumer product.

Following its Build developer conference, rumors claimed that Microsoft was planning to kill its Windows 10 Mobile devices. The company barely mentioned its smartphones and Windows 10 Mobile platform at the event, but Windows boss Terry Myerson says that these are just rumors. "I understand that you are hearing concerns from certain partners about Microsoft's commitment to the mobile space. Let me be very clear: we are committed to deliver [sic] Windows 10 on mobile devices with small screen running ARM processors," he said in an email to company execs and partners. "We are currently in development of our next generation products, and I wanted to reconfirm our commitment to Windows 10 Mobile."

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