Platform Creates A Sensation Of Touch In Mid-air


Ultrahaptics has rolled out STRATOS, a new technology platform that can create advanced haptic sensations in mid-air, including 3D shapes, immersive effects and high-quality human-machine interface (HMI) control applications.

Ultrahaptics’ technology creates the sense of touch in mid-air by using arrays of ultrasonic transducers to project haptic feedback directly onto users’ hands.

The announcement stated that the technology is used in applications ranging from controls to immersive environments:-

  • In automotive infotainment, controls are made safer and more intuitive by combining gesture-recognition technology and mid-air haptic feedback.
  • For immersive technologies such as AR and VR in consumer, enterprise and location-based entertainment products, haptics creates a stronger sense of presence by adding tactile sensations to complement advanced audio and visual stimuli

Using a Time Point Streaming (TPS) technology having a faster refresh rate, the platform enables the creation of more complex haptic sensations suitable for the rendering of 3D objects.

The company explained that in STRATOS, the TPS algorithms are fully embedded in an FPGA solver, reducing CPU load and allowing easier integration and lower manufacturing costs for the company’s customers. The architecture is also scalable, supporting arrays of up to 2048 transducers, which enables customers to build larger interaction zones.

Speaking of the launch, Robert Blenkinsopp, VP Product, said: “It’s fantastic to bring our most advanced technology to a scalable, production-ready, embedded solution, and to be able to share this with the world! There are so many applications for this technology, and I’m very excited to see what our customers will create with it. I’m immensely proud of the technical leaps we’ve made in bringing STRATOS to market, and I’m looking forward to launching new products on the platform in the next few months, including reference designs for multiple applications.”

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The STRATOS Platform will be showcased at Embedded World, in Nuremberg, Germany Feb 27-Mar 1st 2018 on Booth 340, Hall 4A.

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