Sentons’ touch and force sensors enhance how users operate a smartphone by implementing touch-based virtual buttons on the edges or back of the device.
Virtual buttons with localized haptic feedback allow for a richer user experience compared to “hard-coded” physical buttons by adapting to the current usage mode and user context, and also allow greater flexibility in mechanical device design.
Home buttons, volume buttons, power key, gaming controls, camera shutter buttons and beyond can be software-defined.
Our sophisticated gesture tracking algorithms allow for software-definable slider areas, scroll bars, and swipe zones.
Located anywhere on the enclosure, these gesture surfaces can be placed in positions that fit with how users typically hold a device, enhancing usability and promoting more natural human/device interaction.
Scroll through web pages, navigate through apps, adjust the zoom of a camera, or more, just by sliding your finger along the edge of your phone.
Capture user intent and allow for simple one-handed phone operation with squeeze gestures.
Our high-resolution force sensors can easily distinguish between hard and soft squeezes, long and short squeezes, and location-specific squeezes to launch shortcut applications, manage lock-screen controls, switch usage modes, or launch secondary menus.
Completely software definable, squeeze sensors can co-exist in the same sensor area as other gesture areas such as slider bars to provide an entirely new multi-dimensional control surface.
Sentons’ SurfaceWave processor and corresponding sensor array can track the location and applied force of multiple touch points on the active surface with high resolution, providing a rich image of the surface contact.
This allows for a device to become “context aware” -- knowing how it is being held, in what position, and with what materials -- which can then be used to adapt the user interface to the user or the specific use case.
From knowing if a phone is being held in a left hand or right hand, to knowing how many hands a driver has on their steering wheel, the advanced surface imaging features of Sentons’ SurfaceWave technology can redefine adaptive user interfaces.