Microsoft teases new Hover Gestures for Windows Phones

In its own spin on Apple’s 3D Touch, Microsoft has teased new Hover Gestures for Windows Phone based off Xbox Kinect technology.

Microsoft’s Kinect sensors for its range of Xbox consoles have been a center of research and interest for the company, and now a slice of that technology might be making its way to Windows Phone in the form of Hover Gestures.
The feature, which has been teased by Microsoft’s Research team, is seen to be the company’s competitor to Apple’s 3D Touch or Google’s upcoming Launcher shortcuts on Android.
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Hover Gestures operates under the premise of “pre-touch sensing for mobile interaction”. In English, this amounts to a phone screen that’s aware of the few seconds before your finger makes contact with the screen.
Hover Gestures would then be used to create interactions based upon what a user was about to do. By anticipating gestures or button-presses, the technology could provide contextual features far more quickly.
The fact that Microsoft would tease the technology now is interesting, as Hover Gestures were first developed for a flagship Windows Phone that was cancelled at some point in 2014.
A possibility is that Microsoft has returned to actively developing the technology to serve as its version of 3D Touch aboard a Surface Phone, which could see release in 2017.
With Microsoft actively retreating from marketing its Lumia devices – which recently saw the company’s mobile revenue dip by 46% – Hover Gestures could potentially be a large selling point when the company finally unveils its long-awaited Surface Phone.
You can watch a video on the technology below:

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