BMW’s latest iDrive still retains its distinctive controller and BMW points out that one control doesn’t compromise the other. Everything done by the touchscreen can be done with the controller and you can switch in between them for whichever functions you may be performing. Say you’re looking for a song on a playlist and scrolling through it with the iDrive controller. At any point, you can reach out to the touchscreen where an on-screen keyboard will pop up when it detects the proximity of your hand. Even if you decide to go back to the controller, your input won’t be interrupted.
As handy as touchscreens are, you still have to reach out and push something, and the next level of interface manipulation is non-contact gesture recognition. This means that, in a designated space of air in the cabin, a 3D sensor can recognize if a driver or passenger is pointing with one finger or two, or pinching and expanding with the thumb and index finger. It will even recognize if you’ve “tapped” an icon or swiping left or right with a wiggle of your digit.
Rotating your finger could do things like change the volume level and a simple finger gesture could even answer or decline a call. It’s an interesting take on how we interact with our vehicles and we can’t wait to try it out for ourselves. Those who animatedly sing and dance along with their songs might want to be careful though: a spirited rendition of “rolling on the river” might make you skip through an entire playlist.
- Get back to basics: How to disable the Touch Bar on MacBook Pro
- Acer Swift 7 dazzles with near-borderless touch display, weighs under two pounds
- Vibration-sensing tech turns any ‘dumb’ surface into a smart touch-sensitive one
- Lifx lighting products get touch controls and other new features at CES 2019
- Twitter makes it easier than ever to switch between latest and top tweets