The internal components of a smartphone are so sensitive and fragile the greatest care must be observed in providing adequate protection for their longevity and efficient functioning. No doubt this was the purpose behind Google’s intention to invent of a future structure for next generation smartphone that will be able to resist pressure on its outer casing and mitigate the impact of pressure on the smartphone’s internal components as well as interface.
The invention by Google also represents a move into the realm of effective control of future smartphones relative to their physical gestures such as length.. Generally speaking, smartphone size has hovered at the 5 inch length with others having lengths in excess. The controls envisaged by the popular brand involve the use of other control methods other than touchscreen alone.
This will also enable users to apply control using pressure sensitive techniques that have so far been left outside the traditional use of the single hand and thumb method to operate the controls on a smartphone. Google now has new and unique gesturing mechanism that involves the use of a strain measuring device that is integrated into the structure of the next generation smartphone itself.
It is now generally accepted that hand held devices such as smartphones have the capability of operating like a personal computer. The only obvious difference is that because of their larger size, personal computers are decked with more input devices such as keyboards, mike and so one while handheld devices lack a similar range of input devices.
This is so since handheld devices are designed so that they are smaller in size, light and can easily be operated by a single hand. Their small size cannot therefor be drastically altered without effecting their efficiency and usability and engineers have been forced to devise novel input devices to make the smartphone a whole lot more convenient to operate as well as having more input to rival personal computers.
The pressure sensitive device concept is a new innovation and Google should be given due credit for thinking up such an invention. Needless to say, it includes a display screen, interface for the user, a framing structure that features a gauge to measure the degree of pressure and strain playing on the smartphone surface.
The strain is displayed on the screen with the aid of a processor connected to the screen and strain gauge and configured to be able to measure the strain thereby controlling the user interface according to the strain. This is suitably set out in Fig. 1 of Google’s patent on the invention. It displays pertinent devices such as the strain gauge (#102), Interface Circuity (#103), Processor (#104), parallel elements (#114), wireless module (#108), Memory (#110) and I/O (#112).
The proposed framing structure for the future smartphone is clearly depicted in Fig. 3 and so is the strain gauge at Fig. 4. Both of these play an important role in the monitoring and measurement of strain acting on the smartphone sensitive casing. Added to these are the type of pressures or gestures that can act on the smartphone sensitive casing. These can be identified as a squeeze, a shear or splay.
Despite the technicalities involved in the patent for the invention, there is little doubt that the invention will have a direct impact on the efficient and proper functioning of the smartphone of the future. It will also add long life and usability to smartphones for the benefit of users.