Imagine if you could slide your finger up and down the AirPods to control the volume. Or a few taps on the aluminum casing of the toast to determine the ideal time and temperature for the toast.
This is envisioned by UltraSens in the future, a new startup in San Jose, California that is working with new types of sensors for touch screen technology.
This is because a smaller, smaller sensor than pen tips can create almost anything with the touch screen – including surfaces that are not traditionally suitable for technologies such as metal, glass, wood, plastic and ceramic.
The sensor, called “touchpoint”, is adopting a new method for touch using 3D ultrasound technology to detect how microwaves move over a particular surface.
Sound waves can detect which finger touches a certain surface and can separate different types of touch, giving the possibility of multi-function gestures.
(Think of a board on the back of your phone that can help you zoom in or out, focus or take a photo – all with one hand).
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The widespread adoption of touch screen technology – be it UltraSens or any other company, which is working on new techniques for touch conversion – may mean that we no longer need a mechanical switch or button to turn our phones on or off or to change the temperature of our device as a refrigerator. Don’t have
This means that smart devices can become smaller and potentially open up completely new capabilities.
“The change in the way we interact with our devices has seen a shift in virtual buttons and surface gestures as digital mechanics are replaced,” said Mo Magsudonia, founder of UltraSens, in a press release.
The touchpoint sensor is a system-on-chip or SoC, which means it is an integrated circuit that includes all the necessary computing and electronic components included in it.
The sensor enables a very small size, which is about 1.4 x 2.4 x 0.49 mm.
Inside the system, a silicon chip contains an Application Integrated Circuit (ASIC), a built-in controller, system memory and an ultrasound transducer.
At the end of the program, each sensor includes a copy of the Ultrasense Discovery Detection algorithm, which can detect changes in acoustic properties that occur when you touch your finger.
The algorithm helps to classify input materials and can dynamically adjust for small changes in production or their environment.
The sensors use very little power and put no extra computing pressure on the main processor of the system according to the ultrasence technology.
Even if you wear gloves or a covered surface, your touch is exposed.
Ultrasense is not the only player in this place. In 2017 Google acquired a UK-based company called Redux, which mimics the feel of buttons, sliders and dial-ups to transform device screens into amplifiers and uses sharp reactions.
Meanwhile, Chicago’s Tanvas Haptics uses static electricity to create new levels of touch sensors, such as the ability to feel the edge of keys or swipe a managed page at Kindle.
The Tanvas platform also takes advantage of ultrasound sound waves which accordingly change the friction and send the user to the screen to respond.
Perhaps the most important element of these breakthroughs in touch screen technology is the ability to innovate on almost any type of product.
This does not mean that the industry will certainly work with ultrasence, but it does open up a new option.
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“It gives a truly useful choice for industry designers to differentiate their products while improving performance,” said Richard Orsiniak, lead market analyst at ASIC and SC at Semico Research.
Based in Phoenix, Semico is a semiconductor marketing and consulting firm.
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However, I have to say that this blended reality and interactive presentation techniques play out better than anything else.
Adding extra touch sensitivity (even when it’s already sensitive from above) makes the possibility of interactive everyday devices better and more accurate than just tracking the return sensor.
Include a small grain sensor and a precise response like your mobile phone on your coffee table or kitchen countertop.
When everyone is wearing smart glasses, this can be a very useful technique!