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New Xiaomi Mi 9 and Mi 9 SE Smartphones Use Elliptic Labs’ Virtual Proximity Sensor for Cleaner Design

Feb 19, 2019 | News

Innovative, Software-Based Virtual Proximity Sensor Used in High-End Xiaomi Phones to Replace Infrared Hardware Proximity Sensor — Now in High-Volume Line

San Francisco, CA and Beijing, China — Three years ago, Xiaomi shook up the smartphone market with the introduction of the Mi MIX — a line of high-end phones that launched the concept of full-screen displays. Now, this Chinese powerhouse is once again utilizing the same software technology that enabled the Mi MIX’s success in its new Mi 9 and Mi 9 SE models: Elliptic Labs’ INNER BEAUTY® Virtual Proximity Sensor™. INNER BEAUTY uses ultrasound, sensor fusion and machine learning to replace a phone’s traditional hardware proximity sensor with pure software, enabling both larger screens and cleaner design.

“Our Virtual Smart Sensor platform not only eliminates the IR hardware sensor requirement, providing OEMs with greater design choice, but it also lets OEMs offer a variety of extra features for smartphones and IoT devices, including gestures and presence detection,” explained Laila Danielsen, CEO of Elliptic Labs.

Xiaomi’s mass-market Mi 9 line is a significant turning point for the industry, indicating that the breakthrough enabled by Elliptic Labs’ Virtual Smart Sensor™ platform is moving from more expensive phones to the high-volume arena. Prior to Elliptic Labs’ inclusion in the first Mi MIX phone, all smartphones required hardware proximity sensors and their corresponding eyeholes on the front of the phone’s screen, typically within a massive bezel. These sensors were needed in order to turn off the screen and disable touch functionality whenever a user was on a call. Elliptic Labs’ patented algorithms replace these traditional optical infrared hardware sensors, eliminating the need for such unsightly eyeholes and bezels. The INNER BEAUTY Virtual Proximity Sensor is also display-agnostic, supporting all screens form OLED to LCD.

Xiaomi announced its new Mi 9 and Mi 9 SE smartphone models today.

INNER BEAUTY, Virtual Proximity Sensor, and Virtual Smart Sensor are registered trademarks or trademarks of Elliptic Labs. All other trademarks or service marks are the responsibility of 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 full-screen design by replacing infrared hardware sensors with software-only virtual proximity sensors. Elliptic Labs also enables presence sensing and touch-free user experiences for consumer devices, naturally extending how humans can 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 United States and China

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