UltraSense recently reveals a new technology that can change the future of touchscreen technologies forever. UltraSense is a new startup company located in San Jose, California. They are working on a new kind of sensor that will dramatically change the way we interact with the world. From smart phone to smart home appliances, all will get a revolutionary improvement with the successful implementation of the sensor.
How Does it Work?
According to UltraSense Systems, the sensor is called “TouchPoint” and in size it is just 1.4 x 2.4 x 0.49 mm that is roughly the size of the tip of a pen. The technology can provide virtually any surface with touch controls, depending on the material and thickness. It is perfect for metal, wood, glass, plastic and ceramics. The sensor uses a 3D ultrasound technology to tiny sound waves on the surface. If a finger touches the screen, it can detect the soundwaves and even can differ between different kind of touches. They can sense touch and pressure in the presence of moisture, oils, and dirt. The sensor is an integrated circuit with all necessary computing and electronic components built into it. According to the company, single sensors are used to eliminate a mechanical button while multiple sensors are used to support surface gestures with sliders and trackpads.
The founder and CEO of UltraSense Systems, Mo Maghsoudnia said, “We have seen a shift in the way we interact with our devices, where digital has replaced mechanical, and the move to virtual buttons and surface gestures is accelerating.”
“The use of ultrasound in touch user interfaces has not been implemented in such a novel way until now. Our family of TouchPoint ultrasound sensor solutions enable new use cases that allow OEMs to bring a differentiated user experience with a wider variety of touch and gesture functions under virtually any material and material thickness,” he added.
The same kind of technology was introduced earlier by a U.K-based company Redux that also used vibrations to turn devices screens into device screens into speakers.
“The UltraSense TouchPoint ultrasound sensor is a unique and innovative addition to the list of solutions for user interface capabilities,” said Richard Wawrzyniak, principal market analyst for ASIC &SoC at Semico Research.
“This gives industrial designers a really useful option to differentiate their products while improving performance without adding to clutter.”
So the day is not so far when we may be able to control the volume of our Airpods just by sliding the finger up and down the side of AirPods. Or may control our electronic home appliances without any physical button, only by touching them.