Sony Mobile explains how floating touch technology works

by XB on 14th March 2012

in Xperia sola

Sony Mobile continues to bring new features to smartphones, whether that be joypads, illuminating notification bars or WhiteMagic displays. The recently announced Sony Xperia sola has one of the most unusual features yet seen, floating touch technology. Some are already saying this is a gimmick, but we can see this as having some real use. Floating touch allows you to browse the phone much like a cursor on a PC and let’s not forget you’ll also be able to operate the phone with non-conductive material (like a pair of gloves).

Sony Mobile developed the screen with Cypress Technologies and has explained in more detail exactly how this technology works. Basically, Sony Mobile has combined two types of capacitive sensors: self-capacitance and mutual capacitance. Self-capacitance has a greater signal strength allowing detection up to 20mm away from the screen, however a limitation with this is that it is single-touch only. To overcome this, Sony has added a mutual capacitance sensor too, which gives you multi-touch. Click here to read about this technology in more detail.

  • Asad Mulla

    any news about dot switch?

  • adriduan zolkarnain

    just other new design but same functional performance..i don’t think floating touch is easy to use, at least you use both of your hand.

  • Student

    why there are some licking keeeped secret blady  hell Stupid Sony if they got something, Samsung, apple does not have to know everthing
    Anyone study business there! innovation is your key to success, patented !!!!
    Dont let any one know how did you do it  !!!

    That will get you a profit!!!!

    YOU guys not charity  “””””NOT CHARITY”””””””

  • don’t rage pls -.-lll

  • BatesOut

    @ Student … Judging by that rant i’m going to guess you’re not a student of the English language because the first dozen words made absolutely no sense.

  • Djirbi

     100% true , all secret make team big as apple . never leak before Official out

  • arrowthefirst

    all technologies must belong to society, but not to corporations
    this will cause more innovations and better products as well as no patent trolling

  • Student

    Master please make sure you not making grammar mistake “I” in English is a Capital and comma before because   

  • Student

    Are you sure about that ???

    Ask apple to be more social and give you ipad technology ! why there are so many court cases with Samsung and other companies 

  • Ascii

    I think they already implemented the floating touch for the PS3 controller keypad, one button activates the touch pad embedded in the device and all you have to do is hover your finger on top of the keyboard and the cursor on your PS3 will start to move like if you were using a mouse or a real touch pad.

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  • PacoBell

    Seriously, WTF are you babbling o_O?

  • PacoBell

    How’s that any different than using floating touch with your thumb on a single hand? I do single hand interaction with my current smartphone all the time and I don’t foresee this interaction being any less simple. 

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