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Nokia hints at a gesture-controlled UI and claims "maybe touch is not good for everything" - Tech Digest
I grabbed the opportunity to speak to the Director of Product and Technology Marketing at Nokia, Sari Ståhlberg, about the still-unconfirmed Touch Tube handset and the patent application for a gesture-controlled UI (pictured), who unfortunately couldn't say too much about it, but did "confirm there will be a touch device coming out later this year." She acknowledged that "touch is something the market wants...it's a great thing, it is a way to access all the things we have in the S60 platform", but that "maybe touch is not good for everything". That gave me the opportunity to ask about the patent application that was flying around the internet a few weeks back, showing a gesture-controlled UI involving sensors and emitters sending out soundwaves. "Sensors are a big thing for us, like motion in the Nintendo Wii...we have been announcing we'll be bringing sensor frameworks for the S60 platform, a framework where you can plug in some kind of sensor, like motion, light, humidity and sound"....