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Ultrahaptics shortlisted for the product software award

28th November 2016
Anna Flockett

Shortlisted for the Ultimate Product Software award by the judging panel of the 2016 ACE Awards is Ultrahaptics, the mid-air haptic feedback technology company. The award recognises the most significant software product introduced between 1st January 2015, and 30th June 2016.

The Ultrahaptics’ Software Development Kit Version 2 uses algorithms to allow users to receive tactile feedback in mid-air without needing to wear or touch anything. The ‘feeling’ of an object is created by using an array of ultrasound transducers to generate and focus ultrasound which stimulate neuroreceptors in the skin.

The carrier frequency for the ultrasound is 40kHz due to transducer availability, propagation and audible properties. In order for human skin to detect the vibration, the 40kHz ultrasound is modulated at a lower frequency within the perceptual range of feeling; the Ultrahaptics system typically uses 100-300Hz corresponding to the peak sensitivity of the tactile receptors.

Modulation frequency is one of the parameters that can be adjusted by the API to create different sensations. The location of the focal point, determined by its three-dimensional coordinates is programmed through the system’s API.

The judging criteria for the ACE Awards is based on whether the product is considered to have breakthrough or highly enabling features or technology, it’s timeliness and suitability for target market and the community interest, based on page views and comments. The judging panel consists of editors from EE Times and EDN and representatives from the electronics industry. 

“We are honoured to have been shortlisted for this prestigious award,” said Steve Cliffe, CEO of Ultrahaptics. “The ACE Awards are known for showcasing the best and hottest new products and we are excited to be recognised for the global potential of our mid-air touch technology and the software that drives it.”

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