Gesturing Like a Magician for Infotainment
Those of us who are partisans of knobs, sliders and switches for controlling functions on our instrument panels may have suffered another blow.
Word from a British company, Ultrahaptics, which describes itself as “the leading developer of ultrasonic free-space haptic technology,” is that it is working with Jaguar Land Rover on the potential development of a “mid-air touch system for its Predictive Infotainment Screen.”
Said another way, this means that the driver (or presumably the passenger, as well) will be able to reach toward the screen and make gestures without touching anything, yet attain the sought result (e.g., volume increased).
However, through the use of ultrasound and the tracking of the driver’s hand in space, the driver feels as though a knob is being turned even though nothing is being physically touched.
Safety is a prime motivator behind the development of this technology.
Creepy is a way that some of us might describe it.
Ram Truck chief exterior designer Joe Dehner talks about how they’ve developed the all-new pickup. “We’ve been building trucks for over 100 years,” he says. “Best I could come up with is that this is our 15th-generation truck.”
Airbags are seemingly everywhere on the interior of vehicles. But what about on the outside? One day we could see them there, too.
Plenty of interior components are injection molded. But some companies—such as VW—are using a process for trim pieces that both mold a component and cover it in fabric in a single molding process. And it is coming to the U.S. in the not-too-distant future.