Qeexo and STMicroelectronics accelerate OEM adoption of FingerSense technology

STMicroelectronics Pty Ltd

Friday, 12 January, 2018

Qeexo, a developer of machine learning and AI solutions for sensor data, and STMicroelectronics, a global semiconductor supplier, have announced a collaboration to further accelerate integration of Qeexo’s FingerSense technology by OEMs.

FingerSense is Qeexo’s AI-powered touch platform, claimed to be the world’s first software-only solution able to distinguish between touch-screen inputs such as fingertip, knuckle, nail and stylus. Utilising sensor data from STMicroelectronics’ FingerTip multitouch screen-control and MEMS sensor products, it has already been deployed on over 100 million devices worldwide.

With FingerSense, smartphone OEMs can offer a range of new capabilities to delight users and make it easier for them to perform smartphone tasks. Using simple gestures, FingerSense enables enhanced screenshot capabilities, more robust live screen-recording tools and quick-launch of applications via letter gestures.

“ST’s sensors provide the extremely high-quality data our machine learning algorithms rely on to make accurate predictions and, in working with ST, we are making it easier for OEMs to deploy Qeexo’s FingerSense technology on smartphones,” said Sang Won Lee, CEO of Qeexo. “Together with ST, we anticipate using state-of-the-art AI to solve all types of data problems for our customers.”

ST has recently launched a family of touch-screen controllers for next-generation smartphones with 19.5:9 flexible AMOLED screens, combining high performance and support for special features such as dedicated edge interactions, force touch sensing, multitouch sensing in water and low power operation. The company’s FingerTip technology provides a mix of low power, small size and multitouch performance in a single-chip controller, with a touch-sensing engine that can detect, classify and track as many as 10 finger touches at once with fast response times.

Among the ST inertial MEMS sensors used by Qeexo solutions are an ultralow-power and high-accuracy 3-axis digital accelerometer, together with a 6-axis inertial module containing a 3-axis accelerometer and 3-axis gyroscope. This module is a preferred choice of many Android phone makers for its embedded digital features and low power consumption.

“Qeexo’s choice of ST as a preferred touch-screen controller and MEMS sensor supplier for FingerSense confirms our role in enabling the development of innovative applications that shape the way people interact with technology,” said Benedetto Vigna, president of Analog, MEMS and Sensors Group, STMicroelectronics. “The marriage of the cutting-edge capabilities of our latest touch controllers and MEMS sensors with Qeexo’s machine learning algorithms will bring new and enhanced functionalities along with an improved user experience to mobile users.”

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