Sony Mobile just released a video showing their new floating touch screen technology on the SM Sola smartphone. The new technology allows you to hover over the screen to move a virtual mouse pointer around, and when links are highlighted, you can then tap the screen to click on it.
The new technology allows you to interact with your smartphone up to 20mm away from the screen.
Features of the Sony Mobile Xperia Sola include a 3.7 inch reality display, which runs with the BRAVIA engine. Additionally, Android 2.3 Gingerbread is onboard, and the Sola will come with that OS installed, although Sony has promised an update to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Ironically, this upgrade will come around the time Android Jelly Bean launches, Googles next mobile Android iteration.
The technology is pretty impressive. Take a look at the video to see a demonstration of what Sony’s Floating Touch technology is all about: