Your iPhone can now distinguish between a light tap and a hard press thanks to 3D Touch, but the geniuses at a Carnegie Mellon University spinoff called Qeexo have found a way to one-up the iPhone 6s display with some new software that can determine the exact angle of your finger as you tap.
Qeexo’s researchers created ‘FingerAngle’ by using a new algorithm that estimates the direction your finger is pointing along with the angle as it makes contact. FingerAngle also keeps track of the rotation of your finger while it’s making contact.
The new tech could especially useful on small smartwatch touchscreens where pinching and pulling on the display isn’t really practical. Best of all, it doesn’t require any extra hardware and could implemented on Android and iOS with a software update.
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Qeexo has also developed other neat smartphone solutions too like EarSense, a software-only alternatives to proximity sensors that can recognize contact with the your face and ears and reject unwanted touches. The company hasn’t said when or if FingerAngle will make its way to iOS, but we’ll most likely see it first adopted by individual apps that have forked over the cash to license the tech.