Designed by a group of engineers in Stockholm, the Fuffr iPhone case extends the range of the phone’s touchscreen to the surface around it.
The case has inbuilt motion-sensor controls that communicate with the phone via Bluetooth. When placed on a surface, the motion sensors turn that surface into a touch-sensitive control, allowing users to manipulate the phone’s display without touching the screen. This increases the functionality of the screen without having to increase its size, and could be particularly useful for gaming or design applications.
"I think this would be great for gaming, particularly as it supports multi-touch control. It really opens up exciting possibilities for innovations in applications and how we interact with our screens."
Kuan Chi Hau, Head of Colour & Materials
Not yet ready for market, the team is offering free developer kits to advance the progress of the technology and ensure compatibility with apps and games – an area that has held similar technologies back in the past.
For further examples of developments in gestural control and display, see New Frontiers: Digital Tools, Techniques & Treatments. Whilst for more inspiration for unobtrusive interfaces in smartphone apps see Principles of Lean Digital Design.