Smartphones will get a virtual button

The new system Sentons uses ultrasound to replace the touch buttons and swipe at the metal edge of the smartphone.

Meizu in January last year, has introduced Zero smartphone without buttons and ports. The company tried to raise $100,000 on Indiegogo, where it was priced at $1299. But even close are unable to collect the required amount and run Zero was cancelled.

Perhaps the smartphone was too expensive or took too forward. Meanwhile, HTC U12 +, launched last year, had replaced the actual button sensors that resembled buttons. When the user clicks on them, he received tactile feedback to simulate pressing actual buttons.

Today Reuters reports on a company called Sentons, which is trying to replace all the buttons on all smartphones. The founder of the new company is engineer by the name of Jesse Lee, who sold his previous company InVisage Technologies of Apple.

The technology is based on a special chip that sends out ultrasonic waves. The device also includes a processor and uses algorithms to interpret various gestures. Technology is already being used on the Asus ROG II Phone Tencent Edition sold only in China. Game smartphone can be kept in a horizontal position, and when users touch the screen with your thumbs to play the game, their index fingers can press the virtual buttons on the top edge of the device, called the “Air Trigger”. In addition to Asus, Sentons says she works with two other manufacturers of smartphones, which the company calls.

“Touch screens are great, but (smartphone manufacturers) are unable to figure out how to add interactivity to the sides. With thinner form factors may entirely of glass or metal, there is no place for buttons,” says Jess Lee, founder of Sentons.

Sentons is also working on a virtual rotating wheel, which will make it easier to browse apps in smartphones with large displays. The company also prepares a virtual shutter button for smartphones, which will allow you to focus the iPhone’s camera, with a light touch, a virtual shutter. Lee sees the need for technology Sentons for smart devices with limited screen size; for example, it says that it can be used in smart glasses rims and on the straps smart watches. He also believes that automakers will begin to install sensors on steering wheels.

Currently the company employs 50 people and it generated $37.7 million from venture capital firms.

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