Sony has showcased a new smartphone with so-called floating touch technology to enable users to control their handset without fingering the screen.
Dubbed the Sola, the kit looks almost identical to Sony’s other recent Xperia phones. And the spec sheet doesn’t offer much to distinguish it either.
However, its big USP is a touch-free user interface for web browsing. This registers gestures made above the screen so that users can navigate pages with their hand acting as a kind of “moving cursor”.
The technology is set to be updated with extra functionality in months to come and will be incorporated in apps created with third-party devs, Sony said.
Calum MacDougall, Head of Xperia Marketing for Sony Mobile Communications, commented: “Xperia sola comes with the power of Sony and a sense of magic with floating touch, giving consumers a fun new way to browse the web and latest technology to show off.”
Other features of the Sola, which was previously codenamed the Pepper, take in 3.7-inch TFT (854 x 480) Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA Engine, a 1GHz dual-core processor.
Rounding things off is a 5GB internal memory with a microSD card slot and a five megapixel camera.