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Neonode Intros New Proximity Sensor for Touch Devices

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Feb 24, 2013, 12:02 PM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper

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.

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