Electronics and Semiconductors

Alps Electric to Present Capacitive and Haptic Technology Solutions at CES 2018

27 December 2017

Alps Electric capacitive input device. Source: Business WireAlps Electric capacitive input device. Source: Business Wire

Japanese electronic components manufacturer Alps Electric Co., Ltd. will present its latest technology at CES 2018 during January 9-12, 2018, in Las Vegas, Nev. The company plans to showcase new solutions for autonomous driving, augmented reality applications and the internet of things.

Exhibit highlights will include demonstrations of a capacitive input device for automotive use. For autonomous cars of the future, Alps Electric is putting forward an input device based on capacitive technology that enables gesture and touch input and control of systems around the driver. It contributes to a comfortable user experience by allowing accurate input, such as selection of menu options, without actually making direct contact with the touch panel. This is achieved using a highly sensitive capacitive sensor, an Alps-developed algorithm and original ASIC design.

The Alps booth will present examples of solutions integrating the device with natural materials such as leather and wood, taking advantage of its excellent sensitivity and accuracy. Visitors to the booth will be able to operate them.

The HAPTIC™ Trigger Plus, a controller that realistically recreates the feel of objects, will also be on display. Besides recreating pressure, vibrations and thermal sensations, HAPTIC™ Trigger Plus includes a feature that senses finger movements using a capacitive sensor, providing for a much more immersive virtual reality control experience.

Visitors to the Alps Electric booth can try the demonstration, which recreates a variety of haptic sensations using items like a stainless steel cup, a snowman or a puppy.

To contact the author of this article, email shimmelstein@globalspec.com

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