CES launch of Plessey imPart Contactless Gesture Recognition technology


Plessey announced that they will be demonstrating their new, low cost, Contactless Gesture Recognition technology called imPart at CES 2013. The imPart technology is designed to fit around computer monitors, portable laptop computers, ultra books and tablets and provides the user with the ability to activate and use devices, without having to touch them, via gestures such as swipe, flick, up and down. A simple ‘left-click‘ function has been incorporated by hovering the hand at any required point for more than 0.5s.
imPartIt uses Plessey’s award-winning EPIC sensors, which detect changes in electric potential, and enables device manufacturers to gesture-enable computer screens without needing expensive, power hungry, capacitive touchscreen technology or cameras.

Steve Cliffe, Plessey’s Director of Business Development, said, “CES is the perfect showcase for this stunning new technology. People are amazed at how sensitive it can be at picking up very small signals even at a distance of up to 100cms without physical contact. For CES, we have created an imPart reference design that we expect to see a number of OEMs pick up to implement as a contactless pointing device for their own products. The applications are endless.”

The EPIC sensor works by detecting changes in electric potential that could be in muscles or nerves or changes in the Earth’s atmospheric electric potential field caused by a hand or body moving through it. The technology functions as an ultra-high, input impedance sensor that acts as a highly stable, extremely sensitive, contactless voltmeter to measure tiny changes in the electric field down to milliVolts. Plessey’s EPIC sensor technology is revolutionising many different areas from contactless gesture recognition to ECG monitors for remote health and fitness applications.


EPIC sensor datasheets are available at: http://www.plesseysemiconductors.com/products/epic/datasheets/

EPIC application notes at: www.plesseysemiconductors.com/products/epic/applications/

EPIC video demos at: http://www.plesseysemiconductors.com/media_video.html


About Plessey

Plessey is an innovator and manufacturer of technology based electronic solutions. Plessey has a deep understanding of the human interaction with electronics combined with expertise in micro-electronic product design and manufacture that delivers electronic interface solutions to enhance the human experience. Plessey has released a range of new innovative solutions including the new EPIC sensor – the Electric Potential Integrated Circuit. In 2013, Plessey are launching a range of MAGIC smart lighting solutions – MAGIC being MAnufactured on GaN Integrated Circuit. Through technology and innovation, Plessey is radically enhancing the human experience with micro-electronics solutions such that people achieve more than they thought possible.


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