Use The Force or Let’s Twist Again….Force Sensative UMPC

TwistyCraving a bit deeper, more meaningful interaction action with your touchscreen gadget, like maybe stretching or squeezing it? Do you already think this touch-screen haptic feedback is getting a little old-hat by itself?

Well, it seems that Microsoft thinks so.

Their researchers have come up with a prototype of force-sensing cleverness that’ll let you apply different kinds of force to a device, like twisting or bending, to do stuff like flip through document pages or swing through applications.

They’ve modded a Samsung UMPC and slapped on four sensors that detect how you’re trying to manipulate it, so it doesn’t have to actually be flexible. The researchers think the tech will complement—not replace mind you—touchscreens, making devices more active and engaging, not to mention smaller, since space-wasting buttons will be unnecessary – AWwwwwwwwwwwwww………..poor buttons!!

But lets face it – the Japanese love their retro gaming controllers so they will keep the button-love alive I’m sure!!