Qeexo Press Releases:
Qeexo extends the reach of its innovative FingerSense platform, continuing to enrich the user experience of touch-enabled devices
Qeexo’s groundbreaking user interaction platform is now available to US consumers
First-of-its-kind technology allows users to intuitively summon virtual tools, reinventing the way people interact with touchscreen devices.
Qeexo Attracts Funding from Prominent New Investors KTB Network and Inventec, who Join Series A Investors Sierra Ventures and Danhua Capital.
What Others Are Saying:
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.
"FingerSense takes this idea a little further as instead of applying different amounts of pressure to the display to activate different features, FingerSense-enabled smartphones are able to understand the type of contact being made with the screen."
"While digital assistants with machine learning capabilities are changing the way we vocally interact with our smartphones, software company Qeexo is aiming to revolutionize the tangible side of things by making touch screens more – well – touch-friendly."
"Multitouch smartphones have been around for 10 years. Shouldn’t we be able to do more than just touch the screen with one or two fingers?"
"It's interesting to see a company thinking outside the box a bit by providing a new interaction method with our very personal mobile devices."
"With TouchTools, users can access virtual tools with a gesture, including a tape measure, ruler, magnifying glass, camera, pen, and eraser."
"By measuring a finger’s angle relative to the screen’s surface, the phone is able to register the x- and y-rotation of a touch. This opens a whole new dimension for touchscreens, and creates a richer vocabulary of interactions we can use on our ever-shrinking screens."
"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."
"What’s most impressive about this touchscreen that knows the exact angle of the finger touching it is that it’s the same display hardware found in every smartphone on the market right now."
"It’s called FingerAngle, and it can detect not only the angle of your finger, it can also detect rotations. This can be more powerful than 3D Touch in that more gestures can be created by the movement of just one finger, whereas 3D Touch is limited to how soft or hard the user is pressing."
"Since the launch of the first iPhone with pinch to zoom feature, we haven’t seen much innovation when it comes to our interaction with touch screens. FingerSense aims to change that by putting different parts of our finger at work. Its like a right click option for your smartphone."
"Qeexo allows different results from each interaction...How awesome is that? And to think that there's no special hardware required to tell the difference between 3 different parts of your finger and 2 different areas of a pen!"
"The Huawei P8 and Huawei Honor 7, for example, ship with FingerSense technology which is built into those devices...This tech actually comes from a company called Qeexo, a company which has announced a partnership with Huawei quite recently."
“The touch-based user interface is still modeled after the same tapping, swiping, pinching and rotating gestures we have all grown accustomed to. Don’t you feel this is limiting? Could we do more with our smartphone screens than just type and swipe to interact with on-screen elements?”
“This tiny startup has developed a new technology that can detect the difference between a fingertip, a knuckle, a fingernail, and a stylus.”
“With this software add on a typical smart phone, the touch screen could tell if it’s a finger touch, or knuckle touch, or a stylus touch.”
“You can use just about any portion of your hand to initiate and control commands.”
“...a feature that you probably didn’t know you wanted but now, that you think about it, sounds pretty cool.”
“FingerSense could finally make touch screens as versatile as desktops”
“If this takes off, it could increase the library of standard touchscreen gestures practically by an order of magnitude.”
“While the humble touchscreen has become the standard interface for most smartphones, the folks at start-up Qeexo think things could still be improved. It's developed a technology called FingerSense that could add even more functionality.”
“For all the swiping, flicking, pinching and zooming, our interactions with touchscreens are still pretty limited. That could be about to change.”
“We got used to using our fingertips to navigate their touch screens with pokes, taps, swipes, and two-finger pinches. There’s more to our fingers than just the tips, though, and a startup called Qeexo aims to take advantage of this with technology that can differentiate between fingertips, nails, and knuckles.”
“Think of it as a mouse's 'right click' option for your smart phone, only using your knuckle instead.”
“Up to this point, we've only been able to tap with our fingertips, but FingerSense recognizes input from other parts of the finger, allowing for a greater variety of touch responses.”