Ultrasound: Can Chirp Usurp UI?

BARCELONA — Now that motion (Nintendo Wii), touch (Apple iPhone) and voice (Amazon’s Alexa) are old hat, “touchless” looms large and lucrative as the next user interface (UI) of choice for consumer devices. Or so attendees at this year’s Mobile World Congress (MWC) are being told.

“Major consumer electronics breakthroughs have always been triggered by UI revolution,” Michelle Kiang, CEO of Chirp Microsystems, told us in an interview here on the first day of the conference.

Chirp's MEMS ultrasound sensor SiP (Source: Chirp Microsystems)

Chirp's MEMS ultrasound sensor SiP (Source: Chirp Microsystems)

Chirp offers a single-chip ultrasonic time-of-flight (ToF) sensor, allowing users to interact with wearable devices without actually touching screens, or to interact with devices sans a screen.

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