Other uses for Sensus include apps that require scrolling, such as social media apps or webpages. Imagine swiping the side of your phone to scroll through your Twitter feed instead of dragging the screen with your finger. Sensus might also be useful for any pinch-to-zoom apps, such as mapping or photo apps.
According to Canopy, Sensus already works with hundreds of apps on the market. The company is working with developers — and has an SDK publicly available — to get even more apps on board. A demo of the main Sensus app, which will help users find Sensus-compatible apps online and on their phone, showed several popular apps, including Evernote and Cut the Rope.
Sensus will launch this summer for iPhone 5 and 5S and cost around $100. Canopy hopes to have select Android versions of the smart touch-case available by the end of the year.
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