Japanese Show Off Gesture-Controlled Phone For Natal-Style Emailing

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Between various patents and even a bog-standard Sony Ericsson, we've already thought about the possibilities of gesture-controlled phones. The University of Tokyo, in typical form, has taken it one step forward and released a video showing some sweet Natal-like possibilities.

Recombu likens it to the Project Natal of smartphones, which is a pretty accurate description for the phone pictured in the video, capable of detecting finger gestures by the motion-sensing camera located at the base. While I can't imagine typing out a text message using finger gestures, let alone an email, the idea of scrolling through photos or media is really appealing—and most definitely possible in this day and age. [Ishikawa-Komuro Lab via Recombu]

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Ioan McAvoy

interesting, but air-touching doesn't have the tactile response needed to make something feel intuitive. That's why natal will fail and so will this. They'll both just feel like groping around in the dark.