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Future Snapdragon chips might come with ultrasound for future touch-free gesture interfaces

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Future Snapdragon chips might come with ultrasound for future touch-free gesture interfaces
Qualcomm has just acquired EPOS Development, a company known for working on ultrasound technologies, and it confirmed that future Snapdragon chips will use the company’s insight. The Snapdragon chip is common on Android, and it is the one chip powering all Windows Phone devices.

Epos’ technology could be used for stylus and gesture recognition, and possibly even move away from the now dominant touch interfaces.

Here is a short description of the technology by the Israeli EPOC itself:

“EPOS technology is based on the transmission of ultrasonic acoustic waves between two or more devices via a Transmitter and a software-based Receiver. The Transmitter, embedded within an input device, sends constant acoustic signals to the software-based Receiver that in turn, uses them to measure the distance and position of the pointing device.

Enabling advanced, embedded technologies for both 2 and 3 Dimensional input solutions, EPOS technology uses only standard MEMs microphones, making it low in cost and easy to integrate with only minimal hardware and design changes required.”

What this means is that the ultrasound technologies works in three dimensions, both on the display and off of it. Thus, you could just use gestures in the air to control the device.

To give the new technology a boost in consumer electronics and the educational and enterprise markets, Qualcomm will provide stylus reference designs.

EPOS is a hint of what’s to come eventually after touchscreens. Touch-free and pen interactions a la Minority Report might not come en masse next year, but the technology is definitely already there. And given the fact that Qualcomm recently surpassed Intel in its market value, we could well see this kind of innovation from it.

source: Tech Crunch



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posted on 16 Nov 2012, 09:00 3

1. ivanprskalo (Posts: 110; Member since: 09 Dec 2010)


That is some cool tech.
I imagine it will go into direction of virtual gesture interfaces like in movie Minority report with TOm Cruise.. Remember that computer ??

posted on 16 Nov 2012, 09:01 5

2. _Bone_ (Posts: 2126; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


Finally the middle finger will work over the air.

posted on 16 Nov 2012, 18:01

7. blackspot (Posts: 102; Member since: 14 Nov 2012)


Lol! +1

posted on 16 Nov 2012, 09:44 6

3. McLTE (Posts: 695; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Uh.. better get a patent on that before Apple invents it next!

posted on 17 Nov 2012, 14:49

9. Googlethis (Posts: 170; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


doesn't matter if they patent the technology. apple will just patent the use of it. so they should patent both the use and the technology.

posted on 16 Nov 2012, 09:58 3

4. lboogy82788 (Posts: 22; Member since: 09 Jan 2012)


This will be good tech for soon to be medical apps where doctors and other practisioners can view a live 3D organ and move it around in real time.

posted on 16 Nov 2012, 11:33 3

5. half_21 (Posts: 44; Member since: 16 Nov 2012)


Tony Starks has playing with this tech for years already...

posted on 16 Nov 2012, 12:17

6. DaNTRoN (Posts: 135; Member since: 23 Jul 2012)


Ned Stark?
...winter is coming

posted on 16 Nov 2012, 18:43 1

8. NickPeters (Posts: 64; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


Now that's what I call: MAGIC! :)

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