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Murata and Elliptic Labs Team Up on Touchless Gesture Solution

Jan 3, 2013 | News

Elliptic Labs to Use Newly Designed Murata Transducers

Murata and Elliptic Labs Team Up on Touchless Gesture Solution,
Supercharging Quick Development of Next-Generation Consumer Electronics Devices

CES, Las Vegas, NV — Transformative technology can be developed quickly now that Murata Electronics and Elliptic Labs, the leader in ultrasonic touchless gesturing for consumer electronics devices, have teamed up. Elliptic will be using Murata’s newly designed transducers to deliver touchless gesture capabilities for portable products, giving consumer electronics manufacturers a solution that makes “innovation at scale” a reality. Murata and Elliptic will be demoing touchless gesturing at the Consumer Electronic Show 2013, in Las Vegas at Murata’s booth: 35818 LVCC South Hall 4 Upper Level.

Until recently, touchless gesture interfaces seemingly existed only in the sci-fi realm. However, Elliptic’s approach uses sound waves, microphones and transducers to sense movement, similar to how radar detects objects. Ultrasonic touchless technology uses up to 95 percent less power than current camera image-based gestural systems, making it an attractive option for manufactures of battery-powered portable devices. Murata, the market leader of ultrasonic transducers, has developed tiny, low-powered devices especially suited for small, portable products that are sensitive to power consumption.

“We have been seeing tremendous momentum in the gesture market. Murata is an important partner for us, since our Tier One OEMs anticipate delivering innovation at scale in a competitive market driven by a demand for cutting-edge products,” said Laila Danielsen, VP of business development at Elliptic.

“We share Elliptic’s vision for creating products that enhance the way people interact with consumer electronics. We are excited to partner with Elliptic to deliver natural touchless gesture capabilities to our customers,” said, Peter Tiller, Marketing Manager at Murata Electronics.

The technology is available today and OEMs can purchase a starter-kit from Elliptic that includes an Elliptic SDK with hardware that includes Murata’s transducer.

About Elliptic Labs

Elliptic Labs is the world leader in AI virtual sensors for the smartphone, IoT, and automotive industries. We transform products using machine learning and/or sensor fusion to combine ultrasound with data from existing device sensors to produce smarter, greener, safer, and more intuitive devices. This allows us to eliminate the need for infrared, radar, and time of flight hardware sensors, saving OEMs components costs and freeing up design space. Our AI Virtual Smart Sensor Platform™ provides precise presence sensing and enables touch-free gesture controls such as scroll, approach, and double-tap — software which is now deployed in over 30 million devices. We are a privately held company headquartered in Norway with offices in the United States, Korea, Japan, and China.

PR Contacts:

Aoife Kimber
KimberPR for Elliptic Labs
1 650 773 7288

About Murata Americas

Murata Americas is the group of Murata companies located in North and South America. The regional HQ of Murata Americas is Murata Electronics North America, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd., whose global headquarters are in Kyoto, Japan. Established in 1944, Murata Manufacturing is a worldwide leader in research, design, manufacture and sale of ceramic based passive electronic components, power supply and wireless module solutions. With annual revenues in excess of $7 billion dollars, Murata is committed to the environmentally conscious development and stable supply of advanced electronic materials, leading edge electronic components, and multi-functional, high-density modules. Products include: monolithic ceramic capacitors, polymer aluminum electrolytic capacitors, electrical double-layer capacitor (EDLC), noise suppression products/EMI suppression filters, inductors, resistor products, resonators, filters, RF components, communication and wireless module solutions, sensors, thermistors, DC-DC converters, AC-DC power supplies, sound components, piezo actuators, micromechatronics products, ceramic applied products, and RFID solutions. Murata’s products are found in a wide range of applications including consumer, mobile communications, computers and networking equipment, automotive electronics, advanced metering equipment, digital home electronics, lighting and illumination, and healthcare devices. Murata has employees and manufacturing facilities throughout the world.

PR Contact:

Amy Talley
PR for Murata Americas
+703 323 8939