March 15, 2012 5:47 AM GMT
I came across a Reuters article this morning that claims Nokia design chief Marko Ahtisaari has confirmed the vendor is developing a tablet PC. That report cited Finnish magazine Kauppalehti Optio, but when I looked on that mag's site I could only find an article where Ahtisaari promises innovation in the smartphone market.
I'm no Finnish native, and Google Translate isn't the best with that language, but the gist of the article got me thinking that Nokia is working on gesture control for future devices (read it here - http://www.kauppalehti.fi/5/i/talous/uutiset/etusivu/uutinen.jsp?oid=201203131813)
To explain, gesture control will basically enable you to point and swipe at your device without actually having to touch the screen. Qualcomm detailed development of similar technology at its Innovation Qualcomm event in Turkey late last year, and it's something I believe could truly be the next big thing for mobile device user interfaces.
Consider, for a moment, the success Nintendo has had with its Wii console, and the huge popularity of Microsoft's Kinect, which even overcame my objections to leaving my sofa to play games. Also bear in mind Nokia and Microsoft's now close alliance - I wonder if the handset firm might leverage the software giant's existing expertise if it is, indeed, working on this innovation.
I think it's unlikely Nokia will comment on this, but I'll drop them a line and ask the question anyway. Nothing ventured and all that.