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Elliptic Labs’ AI Virtual Proximity Sensor INNER BEAUTY III Enables Full Screen for Xiaomi’s Mi MIX 3

Oct 24, 2018 | News

San Francisco, Calif., and Beijing, China — In 2016, Chinese smartphone giant Xiaomi spearheaded the bezel-less design era with the launch of its Mi MIX product line, igniting overnight global demand for truly full-screen phones. With its top-selling Mi MIX series, Xiaomi is again partnering with Elliptic Labs, provider of the AI virtual proximity sensor software that empowers this trend. INNER BEAUTY® replaces a phone’s traditional IR hardware proximity sensor with state-of-the-art software embedded with machine learning, enabling the removal of space-hogging hardware while simultaneously boosting detection accuracy and enhancing user experience.

Phones equipped with INNER BEAUTY III avoid needlessly thick bezels, notches, holes and other intrusions required by hardware optical devices, maximizing the functional area of the screen. Xiaomi’s new Mi MIX 3, which will be launched on October 25, takes full advantage of this technology to create its futuristic, full-screen design with only a thin, reinforcing bezel.

INNER BEAUTY III is just one module in Elliptic Labs’ AI Virtual Smart Sensor Platform, which fuses ultrasound sensor data with standard smartphone data to enhance gesture recognition and enable presence detection for phones. Other modules in the AI Virtual Smart Sensor Platform include INNER REFLECTION™ (a virtual presence sensor) and INNER MAGIC™ (a virtual touchless gesture sensor).

“With artificial intelligence, Elliptic Labs is enabling the next generation of smartphones that detect user interaction to improve features and performance,” noted Elliptic Labs CEO Laila Danielsen. “By using machine learning and sensor fusion, INNER BEAUTY III’s performance has dramatically improved. Optical IR sensors are progressively becoming obsolete, since they do not meet the requirements for full-screen designs. Our virtual proximity sensors eliminate the need for dedicated hardware like infrared optical sensors, enabling OEMs to simplify their supply chain, reduce component costs, save space and enable full-screen designs.”

INNER BEAUTY is a registered trademark and INNER REFLECTION and INNER MAGIC are trademarks of Elliptic Labs. Other trademarks or service marks belong to their respective owners.

About Elliptic Labs

Elliptic Labs’ non-optical AI Virtual Smart Sensor Platform continues to improve design and user experience throughout the smartphone and IoT markets. Its INNER BEAUTY III AI Virtual Proximity Sensor enables the thinnest bezel possible for full-screen design by replacing infrared hardware sensors with software-only proximity sensing.  Elliptic Labs also enables presence sensing and touch-free user experiences for consumer devices, naturally extending how humans interact with their devices. This technology offers the best combination of high resolution, 180-degree interaction space and low power consumption compared to cameras or other sensing technologies. Elliptic Labs is a privately held company with headquarters in Norway and offices in the USA and China.

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