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US Debut of Multi Layer Interaction at CES 2015; Elliptic Labs Makes Mobile Devices More Intuitive to Use

Jan 5, 2015 | News

New Capability for the Touchless Gesturing Market Shown at CES 2015

San Francisco, CA and CES, Las Vegas — Elliptic Labs, the leader in ultrasonic touchless gesturing for consumer electronic devices, brings a new capability called “Multi Layer Interaction” to CES 2015. It enables mobile devices to display different content depending on the location and distance a user’s hand is from a device. Multi Layer Interaction will debut in the US and visitors to CES will have a chance to try out the technology live.

“Multi Layer Interaction brings users the latest advance in intuitive device interactions. Without touching the device, as your hand moves towards your phone for example, the screen lights up and information is displayed. As you continue to move your hand closer, different information is revealed. It’s all about improving the user experience and by presenting easier ways to interact with mobile devices,” said Elliptic Labs CEO Laila Danielsen. “Our new Multi Layer Interaction makes it faster to work with applications you use repeatedly during the day, such as checking messages, playing games, navigating maps, interacting with social media, and watching videos.”

With this new capability, manufacturers can build mobile devices that offer a more intuitive navigation experience and quicker interactions. Multi Layer Interaction enhances the most popular actions with a minimum amount of effort. Manufacturers can also create entirely new ways to interact with portable devices; it can even be used to wake up a device – even when the main application processor is sleeping. “As your hand moves towards the screen, previously hidden options appear and you know intuitively what to do,” noted Danielsen.

“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, Satoshi Sonoda, Senior Vice President, Device Business Unit at Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd.

With Elliptic Labs’ gesture recognition technology the entire zone above and around a mobile device becomes interactive and responsive to the smallest gesture. The active area is 180 degrees around the device, and up to 50 cm with precise distance measurements made possible by ultrasound. Elliptic Labs delivers the largest interaction space for consumer electronic devices while using very low power. The interaction space can also be customized by device manufacturers or software developers according to user requirements.

The company’s new software developer kit (SDK) allows OEMs to cost-effectively integrate intuitive and consumer-friendly touchless gesturing into their devices. The SDK is available immediately through sales@ellipticlabs.com.

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.

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About Murata

Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd. is a worldwide leader in the design, manufacture and sale of ceramic-based passive electronic components & solutions, communication modules and power supply modules. Murata is committed to the development of advanced electronic materials and leading edge, multi-functional, high-density modules. The company has employees and manufacturing facilities throughout the world.