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NTT DoCoMo Grip UI: Look ma, one hand!

At the Ceatec trade show in Japan, the operator unveils its Grip UI for one-handed use of smartphones, which could be great for commuters.


NTT DoCoMo has always showcased interesting concepts at trade shows. For example, we saw a breathalyzer in a smartphone and an ultra-high-speed charging jacket at Mobile World Congress earlier this year.

This time, at Ceatec in Japan, NTT DoCoMo has come up with a concept handset that can be operated with one hand simply by gripping it in various ways.

The Grip UI, which is really a combination of hardware (pressure sensors on the back and both sides of the phone) and software, can be applied to activate shortcuts for opening apps or unlocking the phone.

According to Engadget, each of the three sensors on the prototype phone detects "up to five levels of pressure from your hand, as well as detecting how you're holding the device."

We imagine that this would be useful for one-handed usage, for example while you're commuting. It could also make big smartphones, such as the 5.5-inch Samsung Galaxy Note 2, more palatable for those with small hands.

NTT DoCoMo also unveiled the i beam eye-tracking technology for tablets. Similar to the Grip UI, it's ideal for scenarios where you only have one hand free to operate the device. As regular commuters on public transport, we're looking forward to these concept technologies making their way into our smartphones. However, we wouldn't count on seeing them anytime soon.

(Source: Crave Asia)