Nano-based capacitive sensor tech debuts in CES products

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By Rich Pell

Offered as a “disruptive” technology, the company’s CPC sensors are claimed to deliver greater sensitivity in a smaller size and at a lower cost, enabling new applications in human machine interaction. The two products to be introduced include the SomaControl gesture monitor and the SomaSense 3D floor mat.

“These new products are a great example of the kind of innovation that is possible with our new kind of capacitive sensors,” says Barbara Barclay, CEO of Somalytics. “We look forward to igniting discovery across many industries to pioneer better, faster and less-expensive applications for human computer interaction. Our devices will enable life-changing applications in assistive technology, health and wellness, industrial safety, and transportation in addition to better experiences in consumer electronics, gaming and wearables as well as many other areas.”

SomaControl is a 3D gesture monitor that can enable everyday tasks at home or integrated into gaming devices for a more immersive experience. It allows users to interact with and control a digital device using hand movements with no contact.

SomaSense is a flexible 3D sensing floor mat that observes, monitors and reports on human wellness factors, including presence, gait and foot pressure, with applications in health tech and wellness assisting individuals with balance, movement and other challenges.

Demonstrations of these products at CES, says the company, will show users firsthand ways that new and improved human-computer interface experiences are possible with its technology, including:

  • Gesture control of four LED lights.
  • Interactive gesture control of a desktop or laptop computer.
  • Monitoring of human wellness factors, including gait and foot pressure.

Compared to existing capacitive sensors, the company says that its sensors are 100 times smaller and 10 times faster, with greater range for sensing proximity and pressure, and offer unprecedented sensitivity to human tissue. The sensors acknowledge human presence at up to 20 centimeters, and work with any skin tone or eye shape, recognize 3D gestures without need for any hand device, and are faster and better than infrared.

All of this, says the company, enables a new generation of touchless technology applicable to almost any interaction between humans and machines. Mass production of the company’s new capacitive sensors is expected to begin in 2022.

The company says that it is looking for development partners and strategic investors.



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