Canopy’s Sensus case aims to do more than just protect your iPhone, it will also provide touch controls along the rear and right side of your phone.
The case accepts up to 10 touch points on the back and side, about the same as what your smartphones touchscreen display supports. Canopy’s chief strategy officer Matt Pacyga showed off the Sensus last night at an early CES press event (see the full demo below).
The case’s functionality is similar to Sony’s Playstation Vita portable console, which offers a rear touch panel. Pacyga notes that it could be useful for unlocking additional functionality for games and a wide variety of apps. For example, the side touch panel could be used to scroll through a text-heavy app. He also showed off how it could be used to make smartphones easier to use for the blind.
The Sensus will be priced somewhere between $60 and $100 when it starts shipping this summer.
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