Smart Surfaces will transform how we interact with technology
In the ever-evolving world of technology, user interfaces play a pivotal role in enhancing the user experience. TouchNetix, a global leader in touch technology, has taken a significant step forward by announcing its aXiom technology's support for smart surfaces. This ground-breaking innovation is set to redefine HMI (human machine interfaces) experiences in automotive and consumer goods applications by integrating seamlessly under various materials, offering a modern, intuitive, and cost-effective solution.
aXiom Technology: A New Era of User Interfaces
TouchNetix's unique aXiom user interface chip technology is designed to integrate effortlessly and cost-efficiently underneath materials such as wood, plastic, glass, and fabric. With its market-leading signal-to-noise ratio, aXiom enables features like touch, force-sensing, haptic feedback, and 3D proximity and hover sensing. What sets it apart is its ability to function even when the sensor and user area are separated by an air gap.
Transforming the Automotive Experience
Car manufacturers are constantly seeking ways to provide more intuitive, safer, and contemporary user interfaces without escalating costs. aXiom's technology offers a solution:
3D Proximity Sensing Gesture Technology: Backlit icons behind the dashboard fabric can be activated upon power-up or by the user, offering a futuristic touch to the driving experience.
Patented Touch and Force-Sensing Technology: This feature allows for a modern and low-cost implementation of essential functions directly on the dashboard.
Versatility: The single-chip technology supports curved shapes, finger guides, sliders, buttons, either directly on the dashboard fabric or on a touch display or pad.
Vegard Wollan, CEO of TouchNetix, emphasizes that aXiom enables "modern cockpit designs with more intuitive and safer user experiences at a lower cost than traditional mechanical designs."
aXiom Smart Surface Technology: A Game-Changer for Consumer Products
While aXiom's integration into automotive interfaces is groundbreaking, its potential extends far beyond the automotive industry. The technology's versatility and innovative features make it a promising solution for consumer products as well. Here's how:
Enhanced User Experience: aXiom's ability to facilitate touch, force-sensing, haptic feedback, and 3D proximity sensing can transform everyday consumer products. From smartphones to home appliances, users can enjoy a more intuitive and interactive experience.
Material Flexibility: The technology's seamless integration with various materials such as wood, plastic, glass, and fabric opens up new design possibilities. Manufacturers can create aesthetically pleasing products without compromising functionality.
Cost-Efficiency: By replacing traditional mechanical designs with aXiom's single-chip technology, manufacturers can reduce production costs. This cost-saving can be passed on to consumers, making advanced technology more accessible.
Innovation in Product Design: The ability to implement smart surfaces on curved shapes, finger guides, sliders, and buttons allows for innovative product designs. Whether it's a sleek touch display on a refrigerator or a smart coffee table with integrated controls, the possibilities are endless.
Enhanced Safety and Hygiene: In a world increasingly conscious of hygiene, touchless 3D sensing offers a contact-free alternative for controlling devices. This feature can be particularly appealing in public spaces or shared household items.
Reliability: aXiom's technology removes the need for mechanical switches. As the HMI technology is embedded behind the surface, the product can be completely waterproof and dustproof reducing the likelihood of damage and contamination to the embedded electronics.
Availability and Certification
The aXiom family of user interface chips (AX54A, AX80A, AX112A, and AX198A) are in production and available now, along with demo, evaluation, and development kits. These chips are qualified according to AEC-Q100, and the family is in the process of being ASIL ready certified.
TouchNetix: A Global Leader
With decades of experience in capacitive touch technology, TouchNetix has a proven track record of delivering innovative and safety-enhancing user experiences. The aXiom product family is designed for various markets, including Automotive, Industrial, Appliance, Medical, Consumer, and more. TouchNetix's commitment to quality is reflected in its ISO 9001 certification and IATF-16949 certified supply chain.
The Touchnetix aXiom's smart surface technology is not just a leap forward for the automotive industry; it's a versatile tool that can redefine consumer products. By embracing this technology, manufacturers can create products that are not only visually appealing but also functional, interactive, and cost-effective. The integration of aXiom into consumer products represents a significant step towards a future where technology is seamlessly woven into our daily lives. It's a future where innovation drives not just luxury but practicality and accessibility for all.
N.B. We covered an alternative touch-sensing technology from Qorvo in a previous post here.