Dubbed the “SelfieType”, this is an experimental virtual keyboard that relies on your phone’s front-facing camera and AI to allow you to type without touching your phone. Basically, the phone’s front-facing camera will detect your hands and fingers and will attempt to figure out what you’re typing based on your finger placement.
According to Samsung, ‘‘SelfieType’ is a virtual keyboard using the front-facing selfie camera. A proprietary SelfieType AI engine analyzes finger movements coming from the front camera, and converts them into QWERTY keyboard inputs. SelfieType requires no additional hardware and it is highly adaptable to various mobile devices such as smartphones, tablets and laptops.”
This is part of Samsung’s C-Lab Inside program which basically are projects that are cooked up by Samsung employees. These experiments are expected to be shown off at CES 2020 which kicks off next week, but whether or not they will be made a reality remains to be seen.