Ultrasonic sensors promise touch control from any material

UltraSense today unveiled its first UltraSense on-chip ultrasound sensor, which will open the door to tomorrow’s next generation of devices. Daniel Goehl, Chief Business Officer, UltraSense Systems, explains that UltraSense is the first to be enabled on hardware/software. UltraSense developed sensor products that use patented machine learning touch classifier technology to learn and evolve.

According to UltraSense, their “contact point ultrasonic beam” technology paves the way for the future by removing several key limitations of strain technology. Can be used with precise, highly local touch areas without physical bending of the material. The first UltraSense on-chip ultrasound sensor works by sending and receiving signals, which is completely different from the technology used to view the contents of a pregnant woman’s uterus. Instead of visually displaying signals, this technique uses the data seen to identify and convert time, surface signal reflection, and fingerprint spine deformation.

Because this sensor is independent of other sensors, it can act as a power button for the device it embeds. It can be used as a touch/force button, slider or trackpad, one of which is used for the button and multiple sensors are used for other functions. Because this sensor is used in conjunction with ultrasonic technology, touch sensing can be performed on almost any material of almost any thickness, including metal, wood, glass, plastic, and apparently can be operated with UltraSense sensors.

According to UltraSense, they have now provided OEMs with the first sample of an on-chip ultrasound sensor, which will go into production by the end of December 2019 and will be available in smartphones by the end of 2020.

Ultrasonic sensors promise touch control from any material

Ultrasonic sensors promise touch control from any material

Ultrasonic sensors promise touch control from any material

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