It's one thing to have your phone in the palm of your hand, but what if your palm was your phone? What if you could make calls by touching different places on your palm? It might sound impossible, but the Hasso-Plattner-Institute is working to turn this seemingly farfetched concept into reality.
According to Hasso-Plattner-Institute, "Imaginary Phone allows users to control their mobile devices without taking it out of their pocket. Instead, users mimic the interaction on the palm of their hand. The interaction is tracked by a wearable depth camera which sends input events to the actual physical device. By mimicking the layout of the physical device…users can operate the device based on spatial memory built up while using the physical device. We think this can be useful for the large number of "micro interactions" that users perform every day, such as sending a call to the voice box or setting an alarm."
"Imaginary Interfaces provide the next level of convenience to users. In the past, (a) mobile devices required users to retrieve a stylus and the device and (b) current touch devices require retrieving only the device. (c) Imaginary interfaces do not require retrieving anything, so the user can begin the interaction right away."
Is this the next step in mobile communications? You be the judge. Watch the video below, and learn more about Imaginary Phone.