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Nokia Lumia 1020 sequel to be first Windows Phone with Kinect sensors

Microsoft's gesture-based controls to debut this year
Mon Jun 09 2014, 15:19

Nokia Lumia 1020 three quarterKINECT TECHNOLOGY reportedly will debut on Windows Phone this year, with the sensors set to appear in the sequel to the Nokia Lumia 1020.

We already know that Microsoft is planning to bring Kinect technology Windows Phone, with Terry Myerson having said last year, "In the area of imaging, the Nokia Lumia 1020 has no equal. We are excited to bring this together with our Kinect camera technology to delight our customers."

The Kinect technology might debut sooner than we thought, too, as The Verge, which has heard from sources familiar with Microsoft's plans, reported that an upcoming Nokia smartphone codenamed McLaren will be the first Windows Phone with the gesture-based technology inside. The device reportedly will arrive as the sequel to the Nokia Lumia 1020, and will feature "a similar hump in the rear casing for a powerful camera".

Of course, the camera likely will take a back seat to the McLaren's Kinect technology, which is known internally as "3D Touch" or "Real Motion".

The smartphone reportedly will come stuffed full of sensors to enable the Kinect technology, which will allow the user to answer the phone by holding it to their ear, for example, or to hang up a call by placing the smartphone into their pocket.

Microsoft is also planning to detect how a user is holding a phone, so if you're lying in bed, it will automatically block an orientation switch. This will also allow users to switch the device on by simply gripping it, The Verge reported.

"3D Touch" will bring some user interface (UI) changes to Windows Phone, too. For example, Nokia McLaren users will be able to hover over a Live Tile and tap down in the air, which will reveal a number of smaller tiles relevant to that particular app.

"On a Facebook Tile you may see a messaging Tile and phone Tile appear that will allow Windows Phone users to quickly call pinned contacts," the report noted.

It is thought "3D Touch" will be reserved for Microsoft's own devices initially, so it's unlikely to show up in any upcoming HTC or Samsung Windows Phone devices anytime soon.

Similar technology could appear in Amazon's upcoming smartphone however, which is set to launch on 18 June. µ

 

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