Common app gestures like pinching to zoom and spinning one's fingers to rotate an image are convenient, but TouchTools, a new software program from San Francisco-based developer Qeexo, will change how users interact with their touchscreen devices. The program creates virtual tool-equivalents for traditional hardware like pens, cameras, computer mouses and radio dials through recognizing the position of users' hands.
Each of the tools offered through TouchTools can be accessed without the user having to do anything more than move their hands and fingers. The positions for each tool are intuitive, mimicking their real-world usage: for instance, the pen tool can be accessed by shaping one's hand into a writing grip and simply touching the screen.
Since TouchTools is entirely software-based and requires no external hardware adaptations or computer upgrades, the program can be retrofitted onto most smartphones.