Some people don’t have touchscreen smartphones because of one reason they consider it unhealthy. What they are referring to is several studies that have shown that touchscreens have more germs on it than the toilet seat in your bathroom. The thought of putting a touchscreen up against their ear and face is simply too disgusting to them. Those days could soon be over if a new mid-air gesture-control feature makes it into our smartphones.
The highly appealing gesture-control feature developed by Norwegian startup Elliptic Labs, is most likely to be bashed by Samsung Galaxy S4 users as it too has this feature. However, you will have to stay pretty close to the screen in order to make it work. With this gesture-control system, you don’t need to be anywhere near the screen as the feature is driven by ultrasound. This means that the technology behind this feature will detect changes in the ultrasound sound waves and detect what you want the smartphone to do.
For people that are germaphobes (or mysophobes to use the correct term) will most likely appreciate this feature. If the feature is accepted and heavily used in the smartphone community, it could come to bump the touchscreen as the primary interaction method on our smartphones. I think it’s highly unlikely that this would happen, however, I do think that this gesture-control feature could mean a lot to people who don’t like messing around with the sometimes annoying and slow touchscreen on their smartphone.
Gesture-control systems are starting to become popular on our laptop and desktop computers, and it was just a matter of time before we would see it adopted in our smartphones as well. This gesture-control system is infinitely different from that on the Samsung Galaxy S4 smartphone. This one makes more sense and could mean a whole new way of interacting with our smartphones. When this feature will come to find its way into our phones is unsure, but it certainly would be cool to mess around with it once it does make it into them.