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Nokia patents 3D-Touch interaction sensor with Bluetooth headset detection & very wide sensing area

Nokia 3D-Touch 13D-Touch or Hover sensing has been a very interesting subject for touch-display device users like Smartphones, Tablets and though devices with hover interaction UI haven’t seen much of traction in market due to various reasons, it may be the future of interactions. Nokia has recently been granted a patent for a “3D Touch Sensor Reader”, that seems to have a very wide sensing area and can detect objects not only above the display (several centimeters above), but also near the edges.

Three-dimensional (3D) touch may refer to allowing interaction with a device having a touch-sensitive screen, without actually having to make contact with the device. For example, a 3D touch sensor may detect one or more objects proximate to (for example, hovering above or adjacent to) the device without an object necessarily making contact with the touch sensor. The 3D touch may enable the device to register objects, such as a cursor, a finger, and any other object, up to about for example several centimeters above the touch sensor. The 3D touch sensor may also be configured to detect a location of the object proximate to or touching the touch screen, a direction of the object, location of object at the edges of the device and the like. As such, screen coordinates being touched or pointed to may be detected as well as off-screen locations/points, an object’s distance from the touch screen, and other properties of the object.

3D-Touh 2 3D-Touh 3The two images above show how the sensor can be integrated into a device like “Nokia N9” or a Tablet and can be used with another device like a “Bluetooth Headset”.

The modulated signal may include pairing information detectable by the capacitive touch screen at the first device to enable a connection between the first device and the second device via the first and second short-range transceivers. The first and second short-range transceivers may each configured in accordance with at least one of Bluetooth, Bluetooth low energy, Ant, ZigBee, and Wi-Fi. The one or more operations may include initiating a search for one or more other devices including the second device mapped to the capacitive pattern.

In some example embodiments, there may be provided a static and/or a dynamic bar code, which may be readable via a 3D touch screen, such as a capacitive touch screen sensor. When the bar code is read by the 3D touch screen, one or more operations may be initiated. For example, the Bluetooth device having the 3D touch screen may initiate discovery of the Bluetooth device having the bar code in order to establish a connection. The bar code may comprise a code detectable by the 3D touch screen sensor. For example, the bar code may be placed on a Bluetooth headset and/or any other device. As such, when the bar code is detected by the 3D touch screen of a phone or a tablet, the phone/tablet may initiate for example an inquiry to discover the Bluetooth headset associated with the bar code, although the bar code may be used to initiate other operations as well. Although some of the examples described herein refer to a bar code, other capacitive patterns may be used as well. Examples of capacitive patterns include any touch profile or pattern detectable by the capacitive touch screen sensor.

The patent in question was filed in January 2014 and so seems to be one of the latest Nokia patents to be granted.

Patent link

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  • Prasenjit Singh Bist

    Nokia McLaren

    • Kamal

      Nopes. It is quite different in terms of use and McLaren had the first gen of 3D-Touch.

      • Prasenjit Singh Bist

        Yes i read the patent, i pasted one link with all USTPO filings of that guy in your comment section. He is from NRC so it is one of the NRC UX projects.

  • penguin apple

    That is the Nokia N9 as the example picture in the patent filing, right? Wonder if Microsoft now owns the patent instead or if this one specifically belongs to Nokia and was never sold. Recent rumors of 3D Touch claim it was in fact part of the Lumia takeover, so for now I must assume this is just an “old” patent filing that predates a lot of things.

    • Kamal

      Two things:
      Nokia never sold any other patents to Microsoft except some of the “necessary device design patents” used in existing or upcoming Lumia or Nokia-branded devices.
      This patent is relatively very new as it was filed in Jan 2014 and granted to Nokia just now.
      So forget about assumptions. It is a Nokia patent and even if it may have filed back in 2010, it would have been a Nokia patent only.

      • Prasenjit Singh Bist

        It(Application number: 20150199941) should be a new one either to do with Nokia McLaren or some NRC one as NRC used to have a lot of UX based projects. Now it’s hard to visit NRC site it asks for user id and password. i trust it to be an NRC one and this guy is listed in a number of Nokia files patents in USTPO database.

      • penguin apple

        Okay, I trust that to be true. When Nokia starts licensing their name out to China, this will be a great thing to showcase their products with.

        • Prasenjit Singh Bist

          license to china ???

          • penguin apple

            Yes, Nokia has said they are looking at licensing their name to Chinese manufacturers. Nokia will not literally build their own devices. Apple does not manufacture their own iPhones, either. They are built at Foxconn in China, so this is not anything strange, really.

            However, we don’t know yet the exact details on what Nokia is planning to do. Perhaps they want to design (!!) their own phone and then make sure a Chinese factory manufacturers the phones for them. This is what makes the most sense: the Apple way of doing things, and the way other manufacturers do, too. I guess Samsung might manufacture their own phones, though, since they own factories, but in most cases you have these companies like Foxconn, TSMC and others who do the actual job.

            Or, they are saying: “hello Chinese smartphone companies! Would you like to build a phone and pay a bit of money to slap a Nokia logo on it?”.

            When I read the CEO’s statement on the Nokia licensing strategy, it was not clear as glass what they meant. We’ll see eventually how their future phones look like and whether it’s yet another ZTE or Huawei phone with a Nokia logo on it, or if it’s a Nokia phone produced “on contract” and with a Nokia licensing agreement.

            • Prasenjit Singh Bist

              No i know the story thanks. I am glad that you corrected your comment. Licensing to a Chinese OEM is not same as licensing to China.

            • Prasenjit Singh Bist

              I think it’s crystal clear from Ramzi Haidamus, Nokia design team headed by old timer Axel Meyer will continue creating new award winning industrial design and Nokia will also put it’s technologies in a Nokia designed product that will be manufactured by a OEM. The OEM partner will provide sales, manufacturing and warranty support. N1 is currently manufactured by foxconn, but no body knows who will be the partner for phones though foxconn is highly probable but they never mentuoned chinese or japanese OEM.

    • Prasenjit Singh Bist