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CES 2014: Ultrasound drives next-generation mobile gestures

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CES 2014: Ultrasound drives next-generation mobile gestures

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At CES 2014, CNET went hands-on with the touchless gesturing technology we'll see in next year's smartphones and tablets.

Hey, everyone. I'm Jessica Dolcourt from CNET here at CES 2014. What I have in my hands is a demo of touchless gesturing using ultrasound. This is from Elliptic Labs. It was launched at CEATEC in Japan. This is the first time we're seeing it here at CES. What's interesting and cool about this technology is that it's using regular microphones and ultrasound speakers to create a wider field of motion. So, that means that you can gesture with your hand above, below, anything that you want. Another advantage is that it is going to be using low energy. So, when you turn gestures on, it should not zap your battery as quickly. The advantage to ordinary users on their smartphones and tablets with this kind of technology is that you'll be able to have a lot more control over gestures. So, for example, your gesture doesn't have to be quite so precise. It could be a little bit sloppier. It can also be a little bit more complex. For example, you can twirl your fingers, and that might turn up the volume on your music. Or you might spin your hand to do something else on your device. Now, Elliptic Labs isn't making phones and tablets themselves. They are selling this to other device makers. So, what we're seeing now in this prototype is gonna be a little bit different than what we see on the actual end product. A lot of that has to do with what those smartphone and tablet makers want. We're gonna start seeing this next-generation touchless control technology and devices very soon-- in fact, in 2014. I'm Jessica Dolcourt for CNET here at CES. You can catch all of our coverage at CNET.com.

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