Samsung to focus on interface in future tablets, may make use of S Pen and 3D gestures


The Samsung Galaxy Note and its S Pen weren’t designed as a one-off, as Samsung is shooting for a sort of pen interface renaissance hopefully spurred along by the massive Android smartphone. Speaking to a Samsung employee at CES, nothing but nice things were said about the way Samsung was redefining the pen/touchscreen interaction and suggested that the technology could make its way to future Samsung products. It was a sentiment reiterated by product marketing manager Ryan Biden in a conversation with Laptop Magazine.

While many see the pen interface as a remnant of the resistive touchscreen era and early tablet tech, Samsung sees a touchscreen writing utensil as one of several tools to make interacting with Android slates more intuitive. Aside from typical finger-based interactions, Samsung is also looking to natural interfacing via 3D gestures recognized by the tablets front-facing camera. Biden hinted that the features may find their way into the Galaxy Tab lineup, stating, “I think a pen interface continues to make a lot of sense across a number of screen sizes, like the larger is more obvious of those. That’s about as specific as I can be without announcing a product.”

Biden went on to talk a bit about the way that Google has helped to limit “UI fatigue” by unifying their operating system across smartphones and tablets with the introduction of Android 4.0, but says there is still a good deal of work to be done when it comes to unifying the app experience. It sounds like Samsung is aiming for the perfect mix of Android functionality and Apple simplicity, and intuitive user interactions could be one way to meet in the middle. And the best part about using 3D gestures or a pen to control a tablet? Less fingerprints smudging up the screen.

[via Electronista]

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  1. not a fan of the pen for touchscreens, but liking the 3d gestures :D

    1. What’s wrong with taking fine point notes and sketching on a tablet? Its perfect for students who’s classes use power points or PDF or require annotations of online articles. It gives the touch screen accuracy while retaining the smooth capacitive touch screen we know and love .

      1. Completely agreed, plus the pen is stored away inside the device. So if you don’t want to use it you don’t have to. Honestly I hardly notice mine is there, unless I actually need to use it.

      2. sorry my bad, I meant for smartphones…for a tablet I think styli (stylus’) have some use as you indicated. But even on my Gnexus with its 4.65 inch screen, I think its too small to work with a stylus. The Galaxy note being the only exception to the “smartphones won;t work with stylus” rule, since it has a HUGE, near small tablet size screen

  2. Nice, I can’t wait for more gestures, and actions that will make the S-pen more useful.

  3. But will they refresh their touchwiz UI fatigue?

  4. Ugh. just focus on making quality hardware really cheap, forget this custom skin crap.  I will never buy a skinned device, especially from Samsung considering they already are abandoning Galaxy S devices for updates because their skin consumes too many resources.

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