Tired of carrying a phone? Your palm comes to the fore!

25th May 2011
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Did you ever imagine that you would be able to make calls without actually carrying a mobile phone? Even time couldn’t wait! All those dreams of cutting edge technology is now made a reality by researchers from Hasso Plattner Institute in Potsdam,Germany.It allows you to do everything that you can do with your mobile phone just by gentle touches on your palm. This assigns the title of “ invisible phone” to this technology.

This technology can be experienced in a superior way with the iPhone without even touching the device. It just imprints the screen to your palm and allows you to perform operations like on a real phone. All the commands given on the palm are interpreted well and responds accordingly. The calls can be answered via speakerphone.

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A depth camera identical to the one used by Microsoft’s Kinect peripheral camera for its Xbox 360, which receives the gestures from a user’s palm and performs required operations. There exists a large headset, a motion-sensing camera( which analyses the actions performed and capture them) and a Wi-Fi transmitter to implement them on the palm. This particular prototype of an invisible phone can make users devoid of the pain in carrying a mobile phone all the time, says Professor Patrick Baudisch.

The cost of this invisible phone is not yet finalized but is predicted to surprise the world by this year end.

Researches say that this could really come in handy for the people who work in odd environments wherein their hands are wet or in a position where they would not be able to take a call (while travelling in a bus, etc).They can just use their palm to answer or make calls at their will.

But there are some changes to be made yet. The present technology involves a tripod stand which receives the signals from the palm and requests output from the iPhone.This will be fixed with a simpler solution by the time of release. Professor Patrick Baudisch and team are carrying their work in full swing to achieve this.

There were few trials in close reality to the invisible phone such as CPT002 by Aston Martin ,with a transparent touch screen with a platinum frame and GD9000 by LG in the year 2009 in the form of a transparent keypad. But, the invisible phone is no routine stuff and is surely going to leave people in awe!

- Bhanu Teja Kurucheti for YourStory

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