Neonode Intros New Proximity Sensor for Touch Devices
Neonode today announced a new Bluetooth-based proximity sensor reference design that can be used with devices running Android, iOS, and Windows Phone. The design will allow handset and accessory makers to extend user interface controls beyond the confines of the touch display. For example, the new proximity sensor can be built into the sides or back of a mobile device, which can then be programmed with gestures that interact with the on-screen content or apps. The technology can also be built into accessories such as cases. According to Neonode, the proximity sensors can be built into flat or curved surfaces, and can accept input from any object, such as a finger, pen, or stylus. In addition to the reference design, Neonode announced the availability of developer tools that can help app and accessory makers take advantage of the technology. Neonode hopes to license its proximity sensor tech to hardware companies in the mobile space.
Xiaomi’s MIX Boasts 91% Screen Ratio, Ceramic Body
Xiaomi today revealed the Mix, a nearly bezel-less handset that targets the ultra premium market. The company calls the MIX a "concept" that will be sold in extremely limited numbers.
Synaptics Shrinks Fingerprint Sensors
At CES this week, Synaptics is demonstrating a new generation of smaller fingerprint sensors that offer the ease and reliability of a touch sensor in the space of a swipe-style sensor. The company has a prototype working in a Samsung Galaxy S5.
LG's Pen-Equipped Phone Earns a Sequel in the Stylus 2
LG today showed off another new handset ahead of Mobile World Congress, the Stylus 2, a second act for last year's G4 Stylus. LG says the new stylus pen is more accurate thanks to a nano coating at the tip.
Apple Announces Wireless AirPods
Apple today showed off a set of wireless AirPods that connect to the iPhone and Apple Watch with a single tap. The AirPods can automatically switch from iPhone to Apple Watch based on what the owner is using.