Boreas haptic sensors support games on smartphones

Boreas haptic sensors support games on smartphones

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By Peter Clarke

Piezoelectric driver IC developer Boreas Technologies Inc. (Bromont, Canada) has come up with a piezo-adaptive haptic trigger buttons for smartphones to enable gaming.

The company has developed a hardware-software platform that can be provided to Android smartphone designers and incorporated in the phone’s edges to support the playing of games.

Boreas reckons the most-used platform for electronic games is the smartphone. It quotes an analyst firm called Newzoo aying that in 2021 2.8 billion people used smartphones for games versus 1.4 billion who played on PCs and 0.9 billion who played on consoles.

“It’s time for smartphone gameplay to offer the same satisfying tactile experiences as older technologies such as consoles,” said Stuart Nixdorff, senior vice president, Boréas Technologies, in statement.

The Boreas offering is based on CapDrive capacitor sensing. The company claims its NexusTouch platform is up to 10 times more efficient than competitor systems. The company also claims it is the only platform that delivers force sensing, gesture detection, and localized sensing in a low power device. It uses piezo-actuators to provide haptic feedback.

The platform for piezo adaptive trigger buttons, is available to smartphone manufacturers.

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