Ever been in a meeting and wished the world would swallow you up at the sound of your phone blasting out Starship’s “We Built This City” at the most inopportune moment? We’ve all been there but now, thanks to the guys over at Microsoft Research, there might be something we can do about it. 

Enter the PocketTouch Prototype.  Currently under development, the PocketTouch essentially allows you to control your phone through your clothes.  Pretty nifty so far, but how does it work?

With a custom capacitive sensing grid positioned on the back of the phone – the PocketTouch system is programmed to detect a number of signals and multi-touch inputs across a variety of light-weight and heavy-weight fabrics.  So whether you’re looking to quickly cancel that embarrassing call in a meeting or send a quick text message when you’re on the move – you can now do it all from the comfort of your pocket.   

And apart from the obvious time saving benefits, the technical potential for this is huge, particularly when we start to look at combining Omnitouch. Could we be looking at Minority Report-esque wardrobes full of clothes with integrated devices, interactive screens and highly discreet shoulder-mounted projectors?

We hope so. But let us know what you think!