British engineers convert cheap phones into touchscreen phones

11 Oct

Engineers from Cambridge-based Input Dynamics have developed a software that can turn a non-touchscreen phone into a touchscreen phone by simply installing an application, BBC reports. Users will be able to tap any part of the display and the software will hear the tap sound and calculate where that sound came from.



The company claims that the software, which it calls TouchDevice, can determine the location of the tap accurately up to one square centimetre, which is roughly the same size as the icons we see on our phone’s screen. If it really works, users would soon be able to get a touchscreen like interface without having to buy an expensive phone.



And then there’s more to it. Since their technology is dependent on sound, not just the display but virtually any surface of the phone can be used to trigger actions. Input Dynamics claims it is already in talks with Tier One handset manufacturers to explore how its technology could be implemented on their phones.



SOURCE: Input Dynamics VIA: BBC

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