Microsoft has long known how to replace the touchscreen

Over the past years, users are so used to touch screens of smartphones and tablets that they can not even imagine how to do without them. But over time, instead of touchscreens in mobile devices can begin to use a new, more convenient method of input.

Microsoft has patented in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office technology, showing that the work on the method of contactless input, which can find application in the devices of the future Surface, says Alan Friedman (Alan Friedman) on the pages of the resource with reference to PatentlyApple.

The technology will allow the tablet to visually perceive the gestures carried out by the user. To do this, will be used depth camera, similar to TrueDepth Camera, known for Apple iPhone X.

The patent application appeared in the first quarter of 2016. In this context, it should be noted that the modern TrueDepth Camera uses a series of projected lines and points that are the display of the screen image.

With this technology Apple could equip the upcoming iPhone TrueDepth Camera
The Microsoft patent also notes that the input subsystem can also use laser technology known as Time-of-Flight. It is reported that Apple is considering the possibility of using this technology in the upcoming camera TrueDepth Camera, which will be located on the front panel of the new iPhone.

The images to the patent show how the user’s finger controls the position of the cursor on the screen without touching the display itself. Other actions, including multi-touch capabilities, require more than one finger and can also be done without touching the device’s screen with your fingers. It is reported that other objects, including the stylus, will be able to be tracked through the technology under consideration. It can be not only a replacement for the touch screen, but also an addition to other input methods, including, in addition to the touchscreen, keyboard, mouse and game controller. The input method plays a huge role for users, because it is used to interact with any computer, including a mobile device.

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