2011-10-31 14h00_58

Pantech is looking to pull itself out of the low-end budget phone ditch by bringing some pretty awesome non-touch gesture recognition to Android. Imagine this: you're working on a car, cleaning the kitchen, painting... anything that where you're hands are going to dirty or wet and you don't want to touch your phone.  You receive an incoming call -- what do you do? How cool would it be to simply wave your hand over the device to answer? No touching. No getting it wet or dirty.

Sure, that sounds cool, but now you want to see it in action. You're in luck! Check it out:

This technology will be included in Pantech's upcoming Vega smartphone, which will, unfortunately, probably be exclusive to Korea. Let's just hope they decide to release a high-end device with this feature into other markets in the future.

[via All Things D]

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • Jephri

    I bet an app could be built to perform the same function on all android phones with front facing camera's. Neat concept.

    • Inspiron41

      +1 Pantech for making it possible on Smartphones
      -1 for Apple for suing them

      • Jon Garrett

        +1 for your comments., but lets hope apple falls flat on its face.

  • Philip

    I really expected Microsoft being first with this since they could pull from their Kinect expertise. But I'm pretty sure it's just a matter of time before we're all waving, nodding etc. at all our devices (was expecting TV first - actually)...

  • arnoldt

    There was an app like this in the market. Can't remember the name though. It started with a P.

  • Juan

    A similiar functionality can be emulated with the app Prox, though it's limited to the proximity sensor and the "static" gesture is only one when it's lying flat.

    • Adam

      Exactly what I was thinking of. I'm sure this works the same way with proximity sensors, but this is a whole new level. Now we just need that holographic screen and it's perfect lol :P

  • Mario

    I just use my nose

    • RajivK

      Yeah that's what I thought too, all kinds of funny video reply's popped up in my mind ;)

  • Ashley

    My old Nokia N95 could do this trick of not touching it.

  • http://cafe-ti.blog.br Alroger Jr

    I could really use some of that. I usually watch videos while cooking.
    Where's the App?!?!?!

  • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com Cody

    How quickly people forget, Microsoft did a demo of this a couple of years ago using a Windows Mobile prototype. As I recall, it showed off gestures in front of and on the sides of phones.

    • Tarek

      yes we know microsoft owns everything that has to do with computers...lolz
      You do realize that touch screens were developed when Bill Gates was in diapers. Also multitouch was developed long before the iphone or any windows phone. Somehow everyone including microsoft and apple seem to forget that

      • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com Cody

        Hmm, slightly passive aggressive...

        I, and I suspect a fair number of readers here know that neither APPL or MSFT are responsible for having created some of the cooler tech out there. A few years ago when there was a big stink about Apple trying to patent Multitouch, gestures, and pinch-to-zoom I was one of the people posting links to a youtube video of a college kid demonstrating a project they were working on in the early 90's that did all of that stuff (and I know for a fact that their work was copied, not purchased, by Apple)...too bad the patent office doesn't actually care about proof.

        Feel free to be less snarky towards people...Like others here, I'm pointing out that it's not the first time we've seen this...I do say, good on Pantech for actually pushing this feature to production. Let's see if it catches on and isn't too buggy. I don't particularly want this feature, but there are other uses for short-range gestures I would like to see.

  • http://www.weblogku.com Azam

    Hope it will be out to other countries as well...

  • cosmic

    Who will be the first to sue? Will it be a young patent troll or will it be a software giant utilising patents to keep competition out? Let's go to Bill Gates to get his opinion:

    "Microsoft sang a very different tune in 1991. In a memo to his senior executives, Bill Gates wrote, “If people had understood how patents would be granted when most of today’s ideas were invented, and had taken out patents, the industry would be at a complete standstill today.” Mr. Gates worried that “some large company will patent some obvious thing” and use the patent to “take as much of our profits as they want.”