Oct 31st, 2011

Touch screens? That’s soooooo 2007. Say hello to the Kinect-ish gesture controlled Pantech Vega LTE for Korea. The device was announced back on the 6th with some pretty hefty specs and even without the knowledge of touchless gesture controls, the Vega LTE already had me drooling. The video below shows a Korean woman covered in dough and rather than get her phone all gooey, she uses a simple swipe gesture over the phone to answer the call.

The technology involved comes from the Israeli company eyeSight Mobile Technologies and will be integrated into the Vega LTE when it launches in South Korea this November. Besides answer calls, gestures can also be used for controlling music playback.

If you thought Pantech only made budget-friendly Android devices packing low-end specs you’d be sadly mistaken. We’re looking at a 4.5-inch display with 1280×800 resolution, dual-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm processor, 1GB of RAM, 8MP camera, 1.3MP front facing camera, 16GB of internal storage and a 1830mAh battery. The device itself measures in at a 9.35mm thin and weighs a mere 4.8oz. Besides NFC capabilities you also have the previously mentioned gesture controls. Let’s hope Pantech will wise up and release powerhouses like this stateside.

If more Android OEM’s hope to take advantage of gesture controls in their devices they better get their legal team ready. The UPTO recently published a patent application from Apple attempting to claim touchless gesture controls just like this (as well as facial recognition) for use with the iPad.

[Via AllThingsD]

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