Microsoft is up to something ? and the tech world is curious to know more about it. As reported by The Verge, Microsoft is planning to integrate Kinect technology into the hardware and interface of the upcoming Nokia Windows Phone McLaren, or simply Nokia McLaren.
The new Kinect-based technology, internally known as Real Motion or 3D Touch, for the Windows Phone McLaren has been developed for many years by Nokia, according to sources familiar with Microsoft?s plans. ?It was serial leakster Evleaks who first revealed the device?s existence and its possible position as a successor to the Nokia Lumia 1020. The anticipated handset apparently has a hump in its rear casing, which is also present in the Lumia 1020, suggesting the inclusion of a powerful camera.
Microsoft?s Kinect sensor, for those who have no idea, is an array of motion sensors developed for Microsoft?s game consoles such as the Xbox 360, Xbox One, as well as the Windows PC. The device is similar to a web camera that detects and inputs users? motions, gestures or voice commands in order for them to interact with the console, all of these are done without the need for a game controller.
It is reported that the 3D Touch feature of the Windows Phone McLaren will utilize several sensors to enable users to activate a loudspeaker by placing their phone on a flat surface during a call, answer incoming calls just by holding the phone to their ears, mute the phone?s mic when placed on the user?s chest, or even end the call just by putting it ?in their pocket. What a mouthful, isn?t it? According to the rumor mill, those features barely scratch the surface.
It appears as if Microsoft is attempting to make all hardware buttons obsolete. The 3D Touch technology of the Windows Phone McLaren is expected to activate itself only when the sensors detect that a user is holding the phone. It will also be possible to put it on Silent Mode just by covering it with the user?s palm. If users want to dismiss notification alerts, all they need is a quick wave of a hand in front of the phone?s display.
For the Windows Phone McLaren, Microsoft is reportedly optimistic that they will be able to incorporate pressure-sensitive features. If put into action, the screen will detect the amount of pressure a user is applying. This can be handy when you are using your smartphone while in bed and you want to lock the screen orientation by putting a finger onto the display. Moreover, 3D Touch will also allow users to slide their fingers along the edge of their phones to zoom in or zoom out images while using the camera app.
Since Amazon is also previously reported to be developing a smartphone with similar 3D technology, the challenge for the Nokia Windows Phone McLaren is to deliver a unique enough service that will differentiate it from other devices. The McLaren is reported to be released this November and major US carriers like AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon have already signed up to offer it.
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