Video shows off 3D Touch technology on Windows Phone

We’ve been hearing rumors for a long time regarding Nokia’s and now Microsoft’s 3D Touch technology, supposedly slated to make a smartphone debut later this year, as part of the Lumia McLaren device. And now we get to see a bit of it in action.

This video comes from Microsoft Research who’ve been working on the intriguing project. As you can see, they’re using a Windows Phone and manipulating the OS by hovering above the screen. This is exactly what we’ve heard about the rumored 3D Touch feature.

The technology is very precise and responsive, and allows for different use cases. This includes swiping and hovering above the screen to issue commands, manipulating images and objects on screen, and using it as a sensing technology for the environment around the phone. All of these have been rumoured to be part of an upcoming update for Windows Phone.

3D Touch is supposed to come embedded in a new Lumia McLaren device, due out ahead of the holiday season. And while this video obviously presents the technology at the research stage, it’s not hard to imagine what this will look like in a finished product.

Source: Youtube Via: WPC

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Honestly, this plus some new live tile updates would be very cool. I hope that other interactive live tile video comes true, though that was for Windows 8 and not Windows Phone, still, it could be possible.

Dear Microsoft: You've got the 3D sensing part pretty well covered. No can we please have 3D holographic projections?

Sure swiping at my phone to dismiss a call or notification without having to pick it up and unlock it would be nice. Not a killer feature or revolutionary but convenient for me.

Vlad Dudau said,
Sure swiping at my phone to dismiss a call or notification without having to pick it up and unlock it would be nice. Not a killer feature or revolutionary but convenient for me.
I just have to flip my HTC Android device onto it's face for that.

68k said,
I just have to flip my HTC Android device onto it's face for that.

You can flip Windows Mobile devices for that since I don't know.. 2005? Also Windows Phone supports it

68k said,
Can anyone think of a use for this (other than eye candy)?

- air tap on a small Skype tile, to temporarily make it large and see detailed notification instead of just numbers.
In camera, touch to focus, air tap top take picture. Will massively reduce blurry pictures on phones.
- web page hovers
- pressure sensitive "touch"; useful for those image editing apps, games etc.
- air gestures (obvious)
- combined with other sensors, detecting ear, pocket, grip etc.

68k said,
Can anyone think of a use for this (other than eye candy)?
I love to cook. Sometimes it gets a bit messy. This would cone in handy if I need to reference back an old recipe without the need to wash my hands thoroughly just to use my phone and/or tablet.

DBrandUSA said,
I love to cook. Sometimes it gets a bit messy. This would cone in handy if I need to reference back an old recipe without the need to wash my hands thoroughly just to use my phone and/or tablet.
Good thinking!

What i think would be really cool, and may come in the not to distant future is the ability to grab a file of the screen then throw it onto another screen thus tranfering the file from one device to another...
Not sure if you get what i`m saying, i suppose a bit like Iron Man but without the 3d holographics.
Another slightly less advanced use could be to have the ability to expand an event, folder, etc, just by flicking your fingers out. So you`re on your calender and you put all your fingers and thumb togetherwith the event you wnat to view in the middle. Then you just spread your fingers and the full event details come up on screen. Then you`d do the opposite to close it back down.
Possible, maybe :)

68k said,
Can anyone think of a use for this (other than eye candy)?

How about no more smudged fingerprints on the glass. If it works wearing gloves, no more cold hands during the winter.

Gergel7077 said,

How about no more smudged fingerprints on the glass. If it works wearing gloves, no more cold hands during the winter.

There are special gloves for that. The screens rely on the capacitance of your hands and it can't be too sensitive or else false input will be an issue.

Well Microsoft Research has solution like this for ages. Remember that Holographic box where they could also throw balls against cubes and grab stuff

The LEAP uses infrared camera tech that is similar to Kinnect. This sensor is reading the changes in the electromagnetic field that it's also emitting. This have a shorter range than the LEAP and probably less precise.

You can see the latency in the video. I wouldn't count anything on it, look pretty early and unrefined.