Microsoft's response to Apple's innovative multi-touch and built-in accelerometers is a unique force-sensing technology that enables gestures to twist on-screen imagery. Users can flip a page in a document or switch between applications by applying force to their portable device.
The motivation behind this research is the increasing demand for devices having larger screens with fewer physical buttons. The design has four sensors that are embedded into the casing, such that the device itself does not have to be made out of flexible material.
James Scott, Lorna Brown and Mike Molloy have been developing this technology at Microsoft's Cambridge lab.