The Xperia sola’s floating touch is the world’s first smartphone to allow users to navigate by hovering a finger above the screen so it acts like a moving cursor without actually touching the screen. Once the desired link is found it can be highlighted and a simple tap will load the page. This alleviates the common problem of tiny links on a phone screen that are difficult to access. The technology also enables users to operate the Xperia sola flawlessly while wearing even thick gloves, a convenient feature for users in cold climates.
Cypress’s TrueTouch controllers enable the Xperia sola’s new feature with patent-pending technology that is unavailable from other suppliers. TrueTouch is the only solution with the ability to execute both self-capacitance and mutual-capacitance measurements in the same device—and switch dynamically between the two in application. This capability enables the hover and glove touch functionality.