The last we heard from the Nokia McLaren was the cancellation of the project back in 2014 along with some leaked photos of the device. Now Windows Central has managed to get some hands on time with a Nokia McLaren prototype which you can watch below. The Nokia McLaren specs were respectable back in 2013-2014 with 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, 5.5-inch full HD display, and a 20/23-megapixel camera. The McLaren might have been developed as a premium flagship phone with 3D Touch being the shining star of the device.
3D Touch was said to give the ability to the user of simply hovering over the screen to interact with it. In watching the video it seems Daniel Rubino’s fingers seem awkward invoking the gestures required to operate 3D Touch. It’s uncertain why Microsoft canceled the project and whether or not they have plans to resurrect the tech in future Windows Phones. It certainly is an interesting idea but I’m not convinced it’s any better than the touchscreens we have now. But that doesn’t mean the tech can’t be used at a larger scale much like you see in the movie Minority Report.
I think the technology on a smartphone is simply too big of an idea for such a small screen. You could of course incorporate some of the 3D Touch gestures into a smartphone alongside touchscreen technology and make a hybrid. But I think this technology is better suited to larger applications as the primary input interface. Either way, Windows Central’s hands on of the Nokia McLaren is an interesting watch so you should take a look below.
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