Samsung has announced that it’ll be showcasing a spread of projects from its C-Lab incubation program at CES 2020. But SelfieType could be the foremost interesting project on-hand in Las Vegas.
The project uses an algorithm and front-facing cameras to deliver a virtual keyboard experience, essentially allowing people to type using finger movements off-screen. “SelfieType requires no additional hardware and it’s highly adaptable to varied mobile devices like smartphones, tablets, and laptops,” Samsung says on its website.
This brings to mind those whacky smartphone concepts from years gone, showing keyboards projected onto real-world surfaces. We’ve even seen an identical concept from the likes of Lenovo back in 2015, dubbed Smart Cast.
There’s no such keyboard projection on Samsung SelfieType though, which suggests accurate typing could be a drag if the algorithm isn’t accurate. Hopefully, the concept includes some kind of cursor or on-screen indication of what you’re close to type.
What else is Samsung showing off?
The Korean manufacturer has quite a few other C-Lab projects to point out off at CES, starting with the Hyler smart highlighter. this is often literally a highlighter that copies highlighted real-world text and digitizes it. Think Google Lens copy/paste functionality, but with a highlighter rather than your phone camera.