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New Xiaomi Mi 9 and Mi 9 SE Smartphones Use Elliptic Labs’ Virtual Proximity Sensor™ for Cleaner Design

Feb 19, 2019News

Innovative, Software-Based Virtual Proximity Sensor Used in High-End Xiaomi Phones to Replace Infrared Hardware Proximity Sensor — Now in High-Volume Line
San Francisco, CA and Beijing, China — Three years ago, Xiaomi shook up the smartphone market with the introduction of the Mi MIX — a line of high-end phones that launched the concept of full-screen displays. Now, this Chinese powerhouse is once again utilizing the same software technology that enabled the Mi MIX’s success in its new Mi 9 and Mi 9 SE models: Elliptic Labs’ INNER BEAUTY® Virtual Proximity Sensor™. INNER BEAUTY uses ultrasound, sensor fusion and machine learning to replace a phone’s traditional hardware proximity sensor with pure software, enabling both larger screens and cleaner design.

“Our Virtual Smart Sensor Platform™ not only eliminates the IR hardware sensor requirement, providing OEMs with greater design choice, but it also lets OEMs offer a variety of extra features for smartphones and IoT devices, including gestures and presence detection,” explained Laila Danielsen, CEO of Elliptic Labs.

Xiaomi’s mass-market Mi 9 line is a significant turning point for the industry, indicating that the breakthrough enabled by Elliptic Labs’ Virtual Smart Sensor Platform is moving from more expensive phones to the high-volume arena. Prior to Elliptic Labs’ inclusion in the first Mi MIX phone, all smartphones required hardware proximity sensors and their corresponding eyeholes on the front of the phone’s screen, typically within a massive bezel. These sensors were needed in order to turn off the screen and disable touch functionality whenever a user was on a call. Elliptic Labs’ patented algorithms replace these traditional optical infrared hardware sensors, eliminating the need for such unsightly eyeholes and bezels. The INNER BEAUTY Virtual Proximity Sensor is also display-agnostic, supporting all screens form OLED to LCD.

Xiaomi announced its new Mi 9 and Mi 9 SE smartphone models today.

INNER BEAUTY is a registered trademark of Elliptic Labs.

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About Elliptic Labs

Elliptic Labs is a global enterprise targeting the smartphone, laptop, IoT, and automotive markets. Founded in 2006 as a research spin-off from Norway’s Oslo University, the company’s patented AI software combines ultrasound and sensor-fusion algorithms to deliver intuitive 3D gesture, proximity, and presence sensing experiences. Its scalable AI Virtual Smart Sensor Platform™ creates software-only sensors that are sustainable, eco-friendly, and already deployed in hundreds of millions of devices around the world. Elliptic Labs is the only software company that has delivered detection capabilities using AI software, ultrasound, and sensor-fusion deployed at scale. It filed its IPO with the Euronext Growth Market in October 2020.

Elliptic Labs is headquartered in Norway with presence in the USA, China, South-Korea, Taiwan, and Japan. Its technology and IP are developed in Norway and are solely owned by the company.

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