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Elliptic Labs Touts Benefits of Microphones for Touchless Gesturing Over Camera-based Solutions

Jan 4, 2013 | News

Elliptic Labs Delivers Touchless Gesturing Solution at Scale

CES, Las Vegas, NV — Elliptic Labs, the leader in ultrasonic touchless gesturing for consumer electronics devices today announced that it will be using Knowles Electronics’ specially designed tiny, low-powered microphones to deliver touchless gesturing capabilities. The Knowles microphones are especially suited for small, portable products that are sensitive to power consumption.

“The role of the microphone in touchless gesturing solutions is key because microphones extend coverage from the sound spectrum (0-20kHz) to the ultrasound spectrum (above 20kHz). It means that devices can “read” touchless signals in the dark and use 95% less power than camera-based solutions,” said Tobias Dahl, Chief Technical Officer at Elliptic. “We are using a specially designed tiny, low-powered microphone designed by Knowles Electronics that is especially suited for small portable products, minimizes power consumption and is uniquely sensitive in the ultrasound spectrum.”

Ultrasound holds many advantages over such alternate technologies as capacitive based products, including increased interaction volume and higher resolution. The Elliptic Labs solution also consumes much less power than camera-based alternatives and provide gestures at the sides and above the terminal, enabling unique use-cases for laptops, tablets and smartphones.

“With all of the advantages we are providing, we are seeing significant interests from Tier1 OEMs, carriers and the automotive industry for our recently launched solution for touchless gesture recognition.” said Laila Danielsen, VP of business development at Elliptic.

Elliptic will be demoing touchless gesturing at the Consumer Electronic Show 2013, in Las Vegas at the Murata booth: 35818 LVCC South Hall 4 Upper Level. The technology is available today and OEMs can purchase a starter-kit from Elliptic that includes an Elliptic SDK with hardware that includes Knowles Electronics microphones and Murata transmitters.

 

About Elliptic Labs

Elliptic Labs is a global AI software company and the world leader in AI virtual smart sensors for the smartphone, IoT and automotive industries. Elliptic Labs transforms 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 manufacturers to eliminate the need for infrared, radar and time-of-flight hardware sensors, saving OEMs component costs and freeing up design space. The AI Virtual Smart Sensor Platform™ provides 360-degree precise presence sensing, breathing detection, and touch-free gestures. Elliptic Labs is headquartered in Norway and also operates in the United States, China, South Korea and Japan. Its employees throughout the world are motivated by common core values of diligence, innovation and integrity. For more information, visit: www.ellipticlabs.com.

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