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

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:

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



1. ivanprskalo

Posts: 124; Member since: Dec 09, 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 ??

2. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Finally the middle finger will work over the air.

7. blackspot

Posts: 102; Member since: Nov 14, 2012

Lol! +1

3. McLTE

Posts: 922; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

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

9. Googlethis

Posts: 179; Member since: Jul 05, 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.

4. lboogy82788

Posts: 22; Member since: Jan 09, 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.

5. half_21

Posts: 44; Member since: Nov 16, 2012

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

6. DaNTRoN

Posts: 135; Member since: Jul 23, 2012

Ned Stark? ...winter is coming

8. NickPeters

Posts: 74; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

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

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