Docomo develops Grip based phone interface

By on October 3, 2012
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Now squeeze to tap.

If you don’t think you have too much contact with your phone already, then Japan’s NTT Docomo has good news for you. According to Akihabara News, the company has developed a phone that detects and responds to squeezes.

Called Grip UI, the tech works by adding pressure sensors on to the sides of the phone that act like buttons. So squeezing the phone in specific areas would be translated as different functions. For instance, pinching at the top of the device will launch the internet browser or pressing the left side will jump back a page on a website. The prototype can also detect different levels of pressure applied.


So, when you don’t have the luxury of using both hands (like many in Japan’s crowded public transit), this could come in handy. However, Grip UI is still just a prototype with no plans just yet to add the tech to phones.

We tap our touch phones all the time and recently ‘slap’ technology for phones was patented, now comes the ‘squeeze’. What’s next? Tickling?


Nafisa Rebello writes and sometimes works in TV. She expected robots in 2012 and is still waiting for teleportation.

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