Dev kit for ultrasonic mid-air haptics

November 02, 2016 // By Julien Happich
Ultrahaptics has introduced a development platform for companies to evaluate its ultrasound-based 3D mid-air haptics technology, for tactile feedback enhanced gesture controls. The UHDK5 Touch development kit provides a complete hardware and software package with an architecture that can readily be embedded in product designs, from prototypes right through to volume production.

The patented ultrasound haptic technology provides a unique touch sensation in free space, enabling users to ‘feel’ virtual buttons, switches, dials and other objects in mid-air. Touchless controls are hygienic for use in medical, industrial and domestic environments, such as hospitals, kitchens and restrooms, while their use for automotive infotainment and dashboard functions enhances safety, allowing drivers to keep their eyes on the road.

The self-contained plug-and-play UHDK5 Touch development kit works straight out of the box and can be up and running in just a few minutes to provide demonstrations that require no technical knowledge from the user. For developers, the embeddable architecture (utilising an ARM Core plus FPGA) eases integration and provides a production ready design that minimises BOM cost. Similarly the provision of APIs, coded using the widely adopted C++ programming language, allows software engineers to easily adapt their application interfaces with customised sensations. Shipping in January 2017, the TOUCH development kit will be available to pre-order through Avnet from November 2016.

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