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Ultrahaptics to showcase the future of automotive HMI, gesture plus mid-air haptics, at CES 2019

Bristol 8th January 2019. Ultrahaptics will showcase a brand-new HMI interface at CES 2019 that brings together gesture recognition with mid-air haptics for intuitive controls which can be operated without requiring visual feedback. The demo enables users to control the infotainment system of a cockpit using just gestures in free space. Users are not required to physically engage with a touchscreen or button in order to navigate maps, music and other functionalities. Ultrahaptics mid-air haptic feedback technology projects tactile sensations onto the users’ bare hands using ultrasound, providing feedback when gestures have been communicated with the system.

ultrahaptics haptic car demo

The demo is an opportunity for visitors to CES to experience mid-air haptics for themselves. An award winning 2018 study proves that the technology makes a dramatic impact on the usability of automotive infotainment systems. This includes reducing total ‘eyes off road time’, (nearly 40% of users didn’t need to look away from the road to operate controls) and reducing average ‘glance time’ by 25% when compared to operating a touch screen.

Ultrahaptics’ automotive lead, Charlie Alexander, said “Our new auto demonstration platform has been designed to illustrate the benefits of combining mid-air haptics with gesture control. Using a gesture control language typical of the industry, users can control audio, temperature, phone, lighting and navigation using a simulated in car console. Crucially, the users experience a dramatic increase in their sense of agency over the system. I’m really excited to show visitors at CES this new experience.”


About Ultrahaptics:

Ultrahaptics is the world’s leading mid-air haptics company. The company has developed a unique technology that enables users to receive tactile feedback without needing to wear or touch anything. The technology uses ultrasound to project sensations through the air and directly onto the user’s hands, enabling users to ‘feel’ virtual buttons, get tactile feedback for mid-air gestures, or interact with virtual objects. For more information about Ultrahaptics, please visit:

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