SmartSurface: The Next Revolution in HMI

Seamless Surface Design

Virtually all types of surfaces with numerous functionalities can be adapted quickly and flexibly to the user’s needs through intuitive interaction design. The resulting surface is modern, minimalistic and seamless to create a harmonious calming presence.

Frictionless, Functional and Intuitive

The SmartSurface Human-Centered Machine Interface (HMI) provides on demand information, react to touch or proximity, and various forms of feedback including: illumination, audible and haptic feedback to activate an everyday actions.

Broadest Support of A-Surface Materials

By combining innovative technologies and integrating them into plastic, leather, wood, even metal decoration, we are able to close the gap between function and design to create a less distractive yet fully capable surface.

SmartSurfaces, a form of structural electronics beyond the touchscreen (often associated with the term ShyTech), make complex technology simple and user guidance easier by being invisible when not needed, enabling interaction only on user demand.

The result is an elegant minimalist cockpit design that creates a calm atmosphere by presenting an appealing decorative surface.

SmartSurface HMI

Sensing Materials

Plastic / Glass

CapForce

CapForce for Plastic / Glass

DualMode sensing capabilities of our CapForce mode delivers higher accuracy with the internal integrated Capacitive plus our advanced quad TapForce sensing delivers unmatched performance. Our additional ML Algorithms result in the intended touches processes and proper rejection of un-intended touches are achieved.

Metals

UltraForce

UltraForce for Metals

Metals often block most sensors, but not ultrasound. Our UltraForce mode delivers the same MultiMode performance as CapForce but operates where others can not.

Natural Materials

UltraForce

UltraForce for Natural Materials

Properly engineered materials such as wood and potential even rock like surfaces, both real and synthetic become possible with ultrasound. First step is a consultation on the material, and a test with our DevKit application to try it out.

Soft Touch Materials

TapForce

TapForce for Soft Touch Materials

Specific applications such as SoftTouch become possible using the TapForceQuad mode, including natural materials, it starts with an initial consultation and integrated mechanical design craftsmanship to enable this material.

Superior MultiMode sensing accuracy enables support for the broadest choice of A-Surface Materials

The Most Capable HMI Controller

TouchPoint offers unmatched in industry features in four axis of capabilities:

Sensing Beyond Others

Superior MultiMode sensing accuracy

  • Patented CapForce and UltraForce (First) with open extensible framework
  • Piezo Electric Force Technology (First)
Capacitive
Ultrasound
Force
Fusion “Local Intelligence”

Local Processing

  • Fusing multiple sensor data streams at the edge
  • ML Algos: 1st and 2nd order

No Feedback Latency – Dedicated local MCU

  • Ability to drive multiple feedback device types
No Latency Feedback Control

MultiMode feedback

  • Illumination, Audible, Haptics

Scenario driven feedback types

  • Customize: Affirm/Decline, Warning, Service Attention, Status
Open feature rich technology that plays with others
  • I/O: Standard & Industry (CAN/LIN) 
  • Cloud OTA optionality and provisioning
  • Secure Communication, Updates, Feature Unlocking

The UltraSense Difference

  • Effective and accurate sensing is the essential trigger event
  • UltraStudio SW: Integration of feedback tuning experience
  • Flexible product portfolio ( Good, Better, Best)

Traditional Module Stack versus InPlane Sensing

Traditional Module Stack

InPlane Sensing offers:

0 %
Plastics Reduction
Sustainability / Recyclability
0 %
Volume/Cavity Reduction
Enables Modern Designs
0 %
Weight Reduction
Increases Driving Range
0 %
Part Number Reduction
Fully Integrated HW/SW Solution

InPlane Sensing

UltraSense InPlane Sensing is the thinnest HMI option:

  • MultiMode Sensing 
  • Processing & Algorithms
  • Feedback: Illumination, Audio, Haptics 
  • Secure Connectivity

The Most Capable SmartSurface HMI

Use Cases:

One Technology

Three Options

HMI Controller

Silicon

HMI Modules

PCB/FCB

HMI Solid State Interface (SSI) Systems

Industrial + Automotive

One Technology

Three Options

HMI Controller

Silicon

HMI Modules

PCB/FCB

HMI Solid State Interface (SSI) Systems

Industrial + Automotive

One Partner

Ready To Roll

AEC Q100 Grade 2 (-40°C to 105°C)

  • Qualified

ISO 9001: 2015

  • All manufacturing locations are governed by Quality Management Systems

ISO 14001

  • Qualification Completion: 12/2022

Quality Management System

  • Governing system of processes & procedures
  • Foundation of ISO certification
  • Foundation System
  • Product Development Process
  • Operation Quality Systems

UltraSense Certifications

ISO 9001:2015/AECQ100 Grade 2

Global Manufacturing Partners

IATF16949/ISO9001/ISO14000

Our Why

Manifesto

Smart Surfaces are the future of HMI

  • Beyond the touchscreen, smart surfaces present capability when needed, and otherwise hidden, delivering a peaceful serenity and minimalist design.

  • Smart Surface HMI (Human-Centered Machine Interfaces) with a capable HMI controller and well-designed User eXperience (UX) is the epitome of seamless intuitive experiences

Your Key Ingredient technology provider

  • We are specialists in Smart Surface HMI, strength in Sensing, Processing with AI Algorithms, Feedback, and Secure Connectivity
  • We deliver the most capable All-In-One SmartSurface HMI controller 
  • Our competency in HMI plus Software and Silicon development enables us to meet the most demanding customers offering rapid Time-To-Market
  • Combined with all-in-one cost and architectural advantage; we optimize the supply chain with fewer parts that have high availability
  • We are the “partner of choice” for today and tomorrow
    • As a Silicon Valley pioneer, our ability to work closely with customers, our module approach delivers exacting capability today that will be integrated in the silicon of tomorrow. 
    • Our design-build process is unmatched, offering the best price performance feature set

The Result: Amazing user experiences and delighted customers

  • Distinctive modernity in design, signifies a premium experience
  • Frictionless experiences reduces cognitive loading and increases customer satisfaction and consumption of product & services  (AKA intuitive, accessible, simple and easy)
  • The perfect Solution for Automotive CASE (Connected, Autonomous, Shared, Electrified) objectives

Latest Blog:

The Magic of InPlane Sensing for Automotive

What is InPlane In the automobile, the surface is defined as the any material in an XY direction. This could be the dash, center console, interior door, headliner steering wheel …

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