Always wanted the world in the palm of your hand? Well, Moixa has just gained a new patent for an advanced interface device that lets you view the world or navigate the web. The multi-touch Sphere can be held in your hand to display maps (eg. Google Earth), browse web pages or control interactive games.
“Sphere, which is the size and weight of an apple – and can also be recharged by opening a leaf like petal – can display an interactive world map, navigate the web or interact with applications,” a Moixa suit told us.
The device supports multi-touch interactions for selection and zoom, as well as 6-degree rotational and gyroscopic actions – with particular application in interactive games or complex control situations such as interacting with a nearby 3D screen.
In true Moixa tradition, Sphere can also be collapsed, used and stored in its second form – a flat ellipsoid.
Moixa founder Simon Daniel said that Sphere was part of an expanding portfolio of geometric forms that rethink the way traditional portable computing is conducted.
“This started with cuboid folding keyboards, through flat/extendable mice and rollable screens to cylindrical re-usable batteries, and now spherical forms,” he said.
“In the future, phones and portable computing devices reduce to input/output and power. Sphere reinvents the look and feel of the advanced portable device as we rely more on services, memory and mapping stored on the web.”
Sphere is currently under development for release in 2010.