Development kit evaluates touchless gesture control prototypes

To evaluate and prototype mid-air touchless haptic technology, Ultrahaptics has introduced the UHDK5 Touch Development Kit. It is, says the company, a complete hardware and software package with an architecture that can readily be embedded in product designs, from prototypes through to volume production.

The patented core technology uses ultrasound to provide a touch sensation, enabling users to ‘feel’ virtual buttons, switches, dials and other objects in mid-air.

Touchless controls are hygienic for use in medical, industrial and domestic environments; in automotive infotainment and dashboard functions they can enhance safety, allowing drivers to keep their eyes on the road. The two-way communication can also open up new possibilities in consumer electronics, computing and gaming applications.

The kit works straight out of the box and can be up and running in just a few minutes to provide demonstrations that require no technical knowledge from the user, according to the company. The embeddable architecture (using an ARM Core and FPGA) eases integration and provides a production-ready design that minimises bill of materials. APIs, coded using C++, allows software engineers to adapt application interfaces with customised sensations.

Shipping in January 2016, the Touc development kit will be available to pre-order through Avnet from November 2016.


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