Samsung will show us a new way to type on our smartphones at CES 2020

Typing longer e-mails could become much easier on smartphones


At Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2020, Samsung is set to showcase a variety of projects from its C-Lab incubation program. And while many of them are interesting, SelfieType has peaked our interest the most.

Futuristic typing experience

Remember how we wanted our smartphone keyboards to work on any surface just by propping the phone? Well, this is just that. The project uses an AI algorithm and a front-facing camera to deliver a virtual keyboard experience. This means that you will be able to type using finger movements off-screen. We have seen a similar concept from Lenovo from back in the day, which the company called Smart Cast. However, when it was in action, it would display the keyboard projected onto real-world surfaces.

Could this be a useful addition to Samsung’s DeX?

Samsung’s SelfieType is a different concept though. It does not use any keyboard projection which may make accurate typing a problem if the algorithm has issues. But we hope the concept uses a cursor or on-screen prompts to indicate what you are about to type. As for compatibility, it requires no additional hardware to work and is highly adaptable to various mobile devices such as tablets, laptops and smartphones.

Other C-Lab projects

The South Korean manufacturer has a few more projects to show off at CES 2020. The Hyler smart highlighter copies highlighted real-world text and digitises it. It is like having a copy/paste function on a highlighter.

Becon, a device and app for hair and scalp care is also in store alongside a window-shaped device that delivers artificial sunlight. We do not think the latter would be of too much use in the UAE but could be a hit in places that receive less sunlight. To complete the showcase is a new concept ultraviolet sensor and monitoring tool. Aside from the projects, Samsung may also the Galaxy S10 Lite and Galaxy Note 10 Lite but we should find out for sure in just over a week.