Sentons developed technology called SurfaceWave. In particular, it can help to flip through menus by swiping your fingers on the side of the phone, a slight tap on its body to focus the camera, more powerful — to do the and in mobile games SurfaceWave allows you to turn the phone into a fully functional joystick.
The decision Sentons like the design of the electronics of the future, it is precisely the desire to make the largest possible area of the gadget interactive forcing manufacturers to create a smartphone with a folding screen, two screens, or even to extend the screen to the entire surface of the device.
While Sentons is not the only company that is looking for new ways to interact with phones. Recently, Google announced that it Pixel 4 will be able to recognize gestures, including switching tracks in the music player. This technology is called Soli, and previously she had met the criticism of the users reported that she notices gestures not the first time. In the Pixel there is another similar function — by clicking on the sidebar you can run Google Assistant, but these sensors are not as accurate as the Sentons.
Why has it taken so long to make the entire surface of the interactive smartphones? The fact that the sensors lose sensitivity, if the top is covered with metal — namely, it is made of a large part of modern gadgets. However, the engineers Sentons that exists on the market since 2011 and previously specialized on large interactive screens, has developed a solution which maintains the performance of the sensors even if the top is a metal shell.
Sentons CEO Jess Lee says that their technology can buy and implement in their products, any manufacturer of smartphones. According to him, the company is already in talks with all major players in the electronics market in North America, and SurfaceWave already built into several models of devices, including gaming smartphones Lenovo and Tencent, which are available in Europe and China.
Lee stressed that though the decision seems unusual, users will be able quickly to adapt to it, since already using the side buttons.
Sentons is going beyond just smartphones — the company is also exploring the possibility of applying its decision in clothes and cars. For example, SurfaceWave can be useful for drivers who instead of switching any parameter on the screen of the infotainment system (which diverts from the road) will be able to touch the sensors on the steering wheel.
Much of the success SurfaceWave will depend on the reaction of major manufacturers such as Apple and Samsung — it is possible that they will be difficult to convince to try something unusual. However, given the fact that these companies are in a constant race for innovation for smartphones that increasingly look and work almost the same, there is a chance that large-scale implementation of the technology Sentons is not far off.
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