This pressure-sensitive case may change how you use your iPhone

“It doesn’t matter whether you give your iPhone a light tap or a hard press. Your phone responds the same, either way,” Timothy Stenovec reports for The Huffington Post. “But what if it didn’t?”

“Canopy, a Minneapolis-based startup, thinks touch screens limit how we interact with our smartphones,” Stenovec reports. “And this week at the International Consumer Electronics Show here, the company debuted the latest version of Sensus, an iPhone case that transforms the back and sides of your phone into large, pressure-sensitive touch pads.”

“This, Canopy says, has two advantages: It allows people to use their phones without touching the screen, increasing the viewable area (great for playing games). It also lets people use varying pressure to get different responses from apps and games,” Stenovec reports. “‘It’s a whole new dimension to applications that isn’t currently available on anything,’ Ian Spinelli, the marketing coordinator for Canopy, said in an interview. Spinelli demonstrated the pressure-sensitive features by using the back of his iPhone as a scale to weigh a bottle. He also took a selfie (of course!) by squeezing the sides of case.”

Read more in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Edward W.” for the heads up.]


  1. Apple had a patent granted a couple/few years ago where all surfaces of a device could be touch sensitive.

    I think it dealt with the tech behind the concept.

    It was pretty developed as I recall.

      1. Writing kewl makes yew sound like a fewl.
        (My apologies Derek – I couldn’t resist – I really tried! I know I’m a real tewl for writing that and hope yew’ll forgive me!)

        1. Haha! I haven’t heard that one. I keep waiting for the current youth culture to come up with a new obsessive superlative. Back in the early 1990s it was the mocking reformation of ‘cool’ in to ‘kewl’. I sometimes use it in my own mocking words ‘RadiKewl!’ and ‘NiffyKewl!’

          No doubt the new superlative is out in the current culture and I have to catch up. In the meantime, I rotate between various retro superlatives for my own amusement.

          One ancient superlative I shall NEVER use is ‘groovy’. I equate it with bell bottoms, plastic suits, vacuous hippies and general late 1960s cultural nausea, to which my generation responded with punk, new wave and grunge. 😉

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