Motorola invests in touch screen company

French company Sensitive Object has developed a unique touch technology based on acoustics

Motorola’s venture capital arm invested an undisclosed amount in a company that it believes represents the future of touch-based user interfaces.

If Motorola uses technology developed by Sensitive Object, a spin-off from the French National Center for Scientific Research, it could help the struggling handset maker stay competitive.

Sensitive Object has developed technology that uses acoustics, rather than optical, resistive or capacitive technologies, to drive the touch mechanism.

When a user touches a device equipped with Sensitive Object's technology, the touch produces sound waves that are unique to the location of the impact.

The technology uses a glass panel equipped with sensors to detect the sound waves. Using signal-processing algorithms, it recognizes the acoustic signature tied to touch in a certain spot.

Once the signature is recognized, it launches the associated action in a software application running on the device.

The company says that the technology can be applied to any solid surface including glass, plastic, metal and wood.

That means the technology could be applied to an entire mobile phone, for example, including the sides and back. Users playing a game on a mobile phone might be able to touch any part of the device to play the game.

Sensitive Object was founded in 2003 and its 20 engineers are based in Paris and Singapore.

Motorola has been working hard to turn around its dramatic loss of market share and profits.

It has whittled down the many operating systems that it used to build phones on to primarily just one: Android. Its first two Android phones both have touch screens and appear to be selling reasonably well.

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags Motorolatouch screens

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Nancy Gohring

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Cool Tech

Toys for Boys

Family Friendly

Stocking Stuffer

SmartLens - Clip on Phone Camera Lens Set of 3

Learn more >

Christmas Gift Guide

Click for more ›

Brand Post

Bitdefender 2019

This Holiday Season, protect yourself and your loved ones with the best. Buy now for Holiday Savings!

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Michael Hargreaves

Microsoft Office 365/Dell XPS 15 2-in-1

I’d recommend a Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 and the new Windows 10 to anyone who needs to get serious work done (before you kick back on your couch with your favourite Netflix show.)

Maryellen Rose George

Brother PT-P750W

It’s useful for office tasks as well as pragmatic labelling of equipment and storage – just don’t get too excited and label everything in sight!

Cathy Giles

Brother MFC-L8900CDW

The Brother MFC-L8900CDW is an absolute stand out. I struggle to fault it.

Luke Hill

MSI GT75 TITAN

I need power and lots of it. As a Front End Web developer anything less just won’t cut it which is why the MSI GT75 is an outstanding laptop for me. It’s a sleek and futuristic looking, high quality, beast that has a touch of sci-fi flare about it.

Emily Tyson

MSI GE63 Raider

If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.

Laura Johnston

MSI GS65 Stealth Thin

If you can afford the price tag, it is well worth the money. It out performs any other laptop I have tried for gaming, and the transportable design and incredible display also make it ideal for work.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?