Huawei’s new Mate S can Weigh an Orange Thanks to Force Touch
I’d have loved if Huawei could weigh Apple!
Basic touchscreen interactions are so mainstream that the Chinese smartphone maker Huawei wants to move further. On stage at IFA in Berlin, the company used the pressure-sensitive Force Touch technology in its new Mate S smartphone to see how heavy an orange is.
The phone measured the orange to 280 grams, which observers feel might not be pinpoint accurate considering an average orange would weigh around 200 grams.
Then there are a few questions about Huawei’s Force Touch that are still to be answered. For example, how accurate is the new technology and what’s the maximum weight the phone could measure?
What’s clearer is that Huawei might have just stolen a march on Apple, which introduced Force Touch with the debut of their Apple Watch. Now, the Cupertino giant is reportedly planning to incorporate the tech in its upcoming iPhone 6s, which is scheduled to be unveiled on September 9.
Another key feature to come on board the Mate S is the second iteration of its Knuckle Sense that uses input from users’ knuckles for different functions. For instance, it can work as a quick-launch feature where you can assign a letter to an app and then launch the said app by drawing the letter with your knuckle at any point.
The Knuckle Sense or pressure-sensitive Force Touch tech are currently in their early days of development, and regarding what else they have to offer in general is still to be seen. But researchers have high hopes for these new technologies and expect them to bring an evolution in the mobile sector.