Compared to a traditional proximity sensor which is a piece of hardware that is generally packed in the top bezel of our smartphones, EarSense is a software alternative – so it doesn’t take up any space on the phone. The goal of this proprietary software solution is to allow OEMs to free up space from inside the phone (for other components) as EarSense will be able to recognize contact with someone’s face and ears so that it can turn off the screen during a phone call – a function normally accomplished through use of the proximity sensor. You can see a demo of this in action in the video below.
Qeexo has officially debuted its EarSense software, made to eliminate the proximity sensor by performing its primary function on the software side. Where a traditional proximity sensor turns off a phone’s display if it detects that something is near it or it’s being covered, Qeexo’s EarSense software uses the device’s touch screen to detect a touch from a face or an ear, effectively mimicking the function of a proximity sensor. EarSense is now available for device manufacturers to license and use, meaning it could be making its way into consumer devices as early as this year, though nobody has thus far announced their intention to use the software.
Qeexo, a developer of user interaction solutions for touch-enabled devices, announced the debut of EarSense, a software-only alternative to the standard proximity sensor. The proprietary solution reportedly allows mobile devices to recognize contact with the face and ears, rejecting unwanted touches during phone calls.
"Qeexo is a company that seems obsessed with making our interaction with our devices more intuitive and intelligent. In this demonstration, they present technology that allows an Android device’s screen to determine the yaw and pitch of the finger touching it in three dimensions. Actual 3D touch. It’s pretty incredible stuff."