A new $1.8bn market for force sensors in user interfaces.

Author:Hayward, James

A brand new report from IDTechEx Research studying the use of force sensors in user interfaces has found that the market will reach $1.8bn annually by 2027.

USER INTERFACES WITH COMPUTERS Peripherals --Switches levers pulleys buttons keypads etc --Keyboard and mouse --Games console controllers --Joystick steering wheel mechanical scroll wheel Touch-enabled --Touch screens --Capacitive or resistive touch on touchpads tracking wheels buttons --Touch in mobile phones tablets desktop monitors --Large area touch (large interactive displays and monitors) Beyond touch --Voice sensing (VDAs conversational interfaces etc.) --Gesture motion and vision (hand gesture body motor e.g. in VR/AR control) --Force sensing --Perceptive computing (thoughts emotion biometrics) --many possible others! The evolution of user interfaces with computers. Source: IDTechEx Research report Force Sensors in User Interfaces. Since the mobile era, touch screens have been at the core of our user interface with electronic devices. However, as the technology behind touch interfaces begins to saturate, many players now look beyond touch to the future of user interfaces. Whilst advanced solutions including voice and gesture detection, right through to perceptive computing are suggested, many suppliers are looking for the best ways to improve the existing platform. It is possible to literally add an additional dimension to touch interfaces by adding force sensing. This trend has been strongly visible from various market leaders throughout 2015 and 2016.

However, force sensors themselves are certainly nothing new, and even their use within user interfaces dates back over 40 years where they were first used in musical instrument toys. In fact, force sensors in musical instruments including electronic drum kits, keyboards and more has been the most mature market, and until 2015, one of the largest (when focusing specifically on user interfaces at least). However, with many high profile consumer electronics products containing force sensing interfaces launched throughout 2015 (most notably from Apple, in their smartwatch, laptop and smartphone products), this has quickly dominated the market. As such, the user interface landscape is undergoing a period of significant change, with force sensing as a prominent early step.

With activities of over 30 companies documented and compared, Force Sensors in User Interfaces 2017-2027 provides the most concise, relevant and thorough coverage of...

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