Teaching old phones new tricks

The success of smartphones has proved the desire at the high end of the market for more effective and intuitive user interfaces. This trend towards better ways of navigating menus and interacting with multimedia applications is now spreading down to feature phones, with touchscreen functionality increasingly becoming a ‘must have’ in this all important market segment.

InputDynamics has developed TouchDevice™ to effectively simulate a touchscreen in mid-tier mobile phones. The product is 100% software driven as it relies on the acoustic signal produced by the user tapping on the display screen of a feature phone, the company’s proprietary algorithms, and existing handset hardware such as the on-board microphone and microprocessor, to deliver touchscreen functionality.

We believe InputDynamics has great potential. Their software is a truly innovative technology that could well be used in millions of mobile phones worldwide.

Dr Geraldine Rodgers

“We believe InputDynamics has great potential,” Dr Geraldine Rodgers, Head of Cambridge Enterprise Seed Funds, said. “Their software is a truly innovative technology that could well be used in millions of mobile phones worldwide.”

InputDynamics’ user interface (UI) is not limited to the display screen of a feature phone, as users can tap or swipe on the entirety of the handset casework, thus delivering intuitive and flexible ways for users to interface with devices and freeing designers from the limitations of conventional UIs, which are confined to keypads and touchscreens. It is expected that many of these new methods of interacting with a feature phone will eventually migrate upwards into the smartphone market.

TouchDevice™ will enable handset manufacturers to extend the life of their investment in existing feature phones by retrofitting software-only touchscreen functionality.

Giovanni Bisutti, CEOof InputDynamics, said “The latest support from Cambridge Enterprise demonstrates confidence in our exciting new approach for better interfacing with feature phones and smartphones.”

The company is seeking to raise £1m to fast track the delivery of TouchDevice™ to the first handset manufacturer and take the company to profitability within the next 24-30 months while giving investors exceptional long-term opportunity for growth and profit.

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