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January 31, 2014

Mtg: Human Interface Technologies for Mobile Devices: Today and the Future

by @ 11:46 am. Filed under ALL, Communications, Electronics Design, Optics/Displays

WEDNESDAY March 12, 2014
SCV Communications Chapter
– user experience, sensing, likely developments …
Speakers: Adam Schwartz, VP of System Architecture, and Patrick Worfolk, VP of Corporate Research and Technology, Synaptics
Time: Networking and refreshments at 6:30 PM; Presentations at 7:00 PM
Cost: $5 donation for refreshments
Place: Texas Instruments Conf Center, 2900 Semiconductor Dr. Santa Clara
RSVP: from website

In the competitive business of mobile devices, one primary area of differentiation is the user experience.  Human-computer interface technology plays a significant role in the user experience.  This session will cover the interface technologies present in today’s devices, including a survey of the major challenges for capacitive sensing, followed by a discussion of a range of interface technologies which are likely to appear in the future.  Two talks:

Capacitive Sensing: Looking under the Hood
Interfaces for consumer electronics are dominated by capacitive touch.  Although largely unnoticed when working properly, the touch interface is a primary factor in the user experience of devices such as smartphones, tablets and laptops.  Consequently, innovation in the touch interface is an active area of differentiation in a world of otherwise homogenous products.  This talk explores touch innovation in the recent years and explains some of the non-obvious issues that make designing touch systems so challenging.

Human Computer Interfaces: Looking down the Road
This talk starts out by reviewing the current state-of-the-art in interface technology in mobile consumer devices.  It then surveys a range of interface technologies currently under development.  This includes examples from action detection, biometrics, and state of mind recognition and all are competing for slots in future generations of mobile devices.


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