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Mobile World Congress 2015: 'Hovering' touchscreen tech senses you from distance

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Mobile World Congress 2015: 'Hovering' touchscreen tech senses you from distance

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The cool new system lets you control a smart phone or tablet without ever actually making contact. So long, fingerprints!

Hello, everyone. Luke Westaway for CNET here at Mobile World Congress 2013 checking out one of the more unusual pieces of technology that we found around the show is a touchscreen technology that even works when your hand is hovering above the panel. So this panel is made by STMicroElectronics. It's called the Fingertip, and what it is, is a touchscreen controller so it's the chip that controls a tablet or smartphone's touchscreen and it's extremely sensitive. Okay, so here's how it works. The tablet itself is monitoring the electric field that its screen gives off and if your finger enters that electric field, then the circuit is closed and the touch if you like is registered. Because the sensitivity is so high, it can support multi-touch and it can even support using a pencil while you're wearing one of these massive skiing gloves so that's handy if you want to play Angry Birds in the Arctic. So this isn't available in the market yet. This is something that the company is gonna be trying to sell to manufacturers of smartphones and tablets. I personally think, it's a great idea. It cuts down on the fingerprints that you got on your screen. So finger-crossed we see it in some popular devices soon. I'm Luke Westaway for CNET and this is the STMicroElectronics fingertip.

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