A new FlexSense transparent self-sensing deformable Smart Cover has been unveiled this week by Microsoft which could provide a wealth of new opportunities and application features that could be combined with the unique properties of the FlexSense.
The new FlexSense technology provide a next generation of Smart Cover that allows users to easily manipulate applications by simply deforming the shape of the Smart Cover to suit their requirements. Watch the video below to learn more about the FlexSense project and see it in action.
The Microsoft Research team developing the new Smart Cover technology explain a little more:
“FlexSense, a new thin-film, transparent sensing surface based on printed piezoelectric sensors, which can reconstruct complex deformations without the need for any external sensing, such as cameras. FlexSense provides a fully self-contained setup which improves mobility and is not affected from occlusions.
Using only a sparse set of sensors, printed on the periphery of the surface substrate, we devise two new algorithms to fully reconstruct the complex deformations of the sheet, using only these sparse sensor measurements. An evaluation shows that both proposed algorithms are capable of reconstructing complex deformations accurately.
We demonstrate how FlexSense can be used for a variety of 2.5D interactions, including as a transparent cover for tablets where bending can be performed alongside touch to enable magic lens style effects, layered input, and mode switching, as well as the ability to use our device as a high degree-of-freedom input controller for gaming and beyond.”
For more information on the new Microsoft FlexSense jump over to the Microsoft Research website for details and further specifications.