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:


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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