Next Mobile Features

I wanted to suggest a few features that I believe could be significant in the mobile (web) space:
* Adding “force” and/or “radius” support to touch events. I believe this was already in the W3C specification at one point. Being able to detect the intensity or force of a touch event opens up entirely new possibilities of touch interaction. Developers could explore many new paradigms for user interaction with this extra information. Let’s not abandon this.
* An web/JavaScript interface for triggering and controlling haptic feedback. Android (and maybe others?) have made some effort to provide haptic feedback in the form of vibrations in response to button/key presses (and have native APIs for this). However, there is a lot of improvements and innovations that could be made if (web) applications could trigger the feedback themselves, providing their own possibilities for feedback based on application specific conditions. I would also love to be able to dictate something more natural and brief than an vibration that lasts for a couple hundred milliseconds. A single oscillation might be more appropriate for button or keyboard press, and longer vibrations might be more appropriate for other actions.
* Touch hover events. Yes, hovering my finger over the touch screen should trigger hover events. I know you are thinking that a touch screen that can’t detect your finger until you touch it. But come on, capacitance can be detected in objects without actual contact by simply moving to a sufficiently high frequency. Inductance at distance is a pretty basic electrical principle. Surely a touch screen could be engineered to detect finger hovering.
* Apps should be able to register as a MIME type handler with the browser so the browser can negotiate MIME types and trigger an application directly in response to links that an application can handle. For example, my Twitter application should register application/vnd.tweet. The browser should then add application/vnd.tweet to the Accept header, and if a server returns an application/vnd.tweet response (as should do if application/vnd.tweet is in the Accept header), it should be handled by my Twitter application.
* Detachable/replaceable camera lens (not actually about web technology, just mobile devices). I want to be able to detach my phone’s camera lens and attach a real camera lens. I don’t need an SLR level lens, just one of the low-end lenses like on a typical $100-$200 camera. The 8PM CCD one my phone is more than capable of capturing a good image if it had a decent lens on it, something bigger than you can fit on a phone. I just want to be able to carry an replacement lens if I am know I am going to take picture, and be able to snap it on as needed. It is fine if I have to manually focus it.


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