This Device Uses Sonar Tech to Transform Any Surface in Your Home Into a Smart Interface

Gestured-Controlled Smart Devices

A new device called Welle, created by Maxus Tech, can transform any surface into a smart, gesture- controlled interface that supports both Android and iOS operating systems. This is the first piece of hardware that employs embedded sonar to detect human motion. This gives it the ability to control smart devices and apps around a user’s home or office. It’s the same kind of sonar technology that’s used in high-level sensing drones and self-driving cars. Users just place Welle in a central location where it can recognize movement in the environment. Then, using ultrasonic waves that collect echoes and bounce them back from targets, it can translate them into various instructions. 

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“Our goal was to create convenient control for people that could be used anywhere,” says Mark Zeng, CEO & Founder of Maxus Tech. Maxus has been working to provide its business partners with novel Human-Computer Interaction solutions through combining artificial intelligence and signal processing techniques.

No More Point and Click

As far as exploring how humans can improve interaction with machines and devices, Maxus Tech joins several other companies who are also trying to introduce innovations in gesture-based technology. In a study released by Juniper Research it’s proposed that by 2020, “there will be as many as 492 million motion and gesture-tracking devices.” That is to say “gesture and motion control will become vital for certain forms of human-computer interaction in the coming years.”

In a separate research project, a team at MIT developed a way to turn your skin into a touch interface for devices using gold leaf tattoos. This technology could usher in a future of on-skin, user-friendly electronics.

No More Point and Click

As far as exploring how humans can improve interaction with machines and devices, Maxus Tech joins several other companies who are also trying to introduce innovations in gesture-based technology. In a study released by Juniper Research it’s proposed that by 2020, “there will be as many as 492 million motion and gesture-tracking devices.” That is to say “gesture and motion control will become vital for certain forms of human-computer interaction in the coming years.”

In a separate research project, a team at MIT developed a way to turn your skin into a touch interface for devices using gold leaf tattoos. This technology could usher in a future of on-skin, user-friendly electronics.

On the other technologically-improved hand, Welle’s technology is anchored in how humans today interact with the world. Due to how mobile technology has evolved, we now are mostly limited to interacting with our screens with our hands, following point and click movements. The key innovation here is that Welle’s device makes it possible to convert any surface into a smart controller, which can be easily operated using preferred gestures. In a demonstration video from Maxus Tech, the preferred gestures set by users can open drawers, windows, short cut to favorite websites, or even expand gaming surfaces. T

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