Barcelona/Mobile World Congress — With experts predicting many more connected Internet of Things (IoT) devices in the coming years, ultrasound innovator Elliptic Labs is introducing a superior way for consumers to interact with these devices. With the company's new EASY IoT software, turning on, off and controlling IoT appliances takes place with simple hand gestures. The new solution from Elliptic Labs is applicable to a wide range of IoT devices like smart thermostats, kitchen appliances, lighting controls, and security systems, to name a few.
The news was released at Mobile World Congress, taking place at the Fira Gran Via conference facility in Barcelona February 22-25. At the conference, Elliptic Labs will demonstrate use cases of EASY IoT with a lamp, smoke detector, and a wireless speaker as examples of IoT appliances.
The company will be offering EASY IoT technology to mobile OEMs for inclusion in their products. "By working closely with mobile OEMs and their IoT innovation departments, we enable consumers to easily connect, control, and interact with IoT devices" explained Laila Danielsen, CEO of Elliptic Labs. "Ultrasound is such a versatile yet robust technology that creating solutions for home use, as we are demoing today, is just the beginning".
EASY IoT works by using ultrasonic presence-detection to wake up devices and enable touchless gesture capabilities. When a device detects the presence of a hand or body, it turns itself to waiting or active mode, and is ready to be used. The technology can be embedded in any device and OEMs can assign any meaning to a gesture depending on the application and the location where the gesture is performed.
Available exclusively from Elliptic Labs, ultrasonic touchless gesture technology has already proven itself superior to other approaches, such as optical or infrared sensors. Ultrasonic technology is the only such solution that can deliver full 3D interaction all around a device at 180 degrees. The exceptionally wide interaction zone together with low power consumption and functionality in any lighting conditions make ultrasound a winning technology for tomorrow's connected home.
The revolutionary, award-winning ultrasound technology from Elliptic Labs works much like radar, sending out sound waves that bounce off objects and deliver back information via microphones built into existing devices. Elliptic Labs' software converts this information into a command for the mobile device or IoT appliance.
According to Gartner Group, the IoT explosion is just beginning, with 6.4 billion IoT devices expected to be up and running by the end of this year and 20.8 billion by 2020.
EASY IoT is available to OEMs in 2016.
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