Elliptic Labs, founded in 2006, is a startup firm that works with ultrasound to create a midair gesture technology to provide a touch free interface, which is now ready to be used in Smartphones as well. The new technology has been showcased by the company at the CEATAC Japan Conference, before which the firm announced the launch of the first SDK based on this technology for Smartphones based on Android OS. The new midair gesture technology for Smartphones has the capability to work with all the Android phones based on ARM processor.
Haakon Bryhni, the CTO of the company stated that developing this technology is a different experience for them as they have been successful in developing this midair gesture technology for low power devices. He also added that they have dedicated the most part of their last six months to the development of this technology.
The use of this technology can be observed in various devices available today that utilize the midair gesture technology to enhance the experience of their users. The prominent one includes the peripheral of the Microsoft Kinect, which has pushed the use of this technique in the console gaming segment, where movements of hands in the mid air are used as a command by the UI. The mainstream computing segment also provides various examples for the use of midair gesture technology including webcam based alternatives and leap motion devices. In the mobile segment, Samsung provided a limited version of this technology in its latest Smartphone, the Galaxy S4, while most of the mobile devices lack the ability of responding to mid air gestures.
Bryhni revealed that their company is working on the midair gesture technology to implement it on three OEMs, out of which one is from a tablet manufacturer, while the other two are from Smartphone manufacturers. He also confirmed that they are also approaching laptop manufacturers to test this technique over all the available devices.