CES 2018: Alps Electric comes out with new device for autonomous cars

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Alps Electric to Introduce Input Device for Autonomous Cars and Other Technologies at CES 2018 CES

Japanese electronic components manufacturer Alps Electric will offer anew technology device at its booth to be opened at CES 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada on January 9, 2018.

At CES 2018, Alps Electric will introduce core technologies and solutions in areas expected to gain prominence in the near future—autonomous driving, augmented reality applications and the Internet of Things (IoT). Here are some:

Exhibit Highlights

• Capacitive Input Device for Automotive Use

For autonomous cars of the future, Alps Electric is putting forward an input device based on capacitive technology that enables gesture and touch input and control of systems around the driver. The device contributes to a comfortable user experience by allowing accurate input, such as selection of menu options, without actually making direct contact with the touch panel. This is achieved using a highly sensitive capacitive sensor, an Alps-developed algorithm and original ASIC design.

• The Alps booth will present examples of solutions integrating the device with natural materials such as leather and wood, taking advantage of its excellent sensitivity and accuracy. Visitors to the booth will be able to operate them.

• HAPTIC Trigger Plus

Alps Electric's force feedback technology is applied in the HAPTIC Trigger Plus, a controller that realistically recreates the feel of objects. Besides recreating pressure, vibrations and thermal sensations, HAPTIC Trigger Plus includes a feature that senses finger movements using a capacitive sensor, providing for a much more immersive virtual reality control experience.

• Visitors to the Alps Electric booth can try the demonstration, which recreates a variety of haptic sensations using items like a stainless steel cup, a snowman or a puppy.

Outline of the Exhibition
Exhibition:CES 2018
Dates:January 9-12, 2018
Venue:Las Vegas Convention and World Trade Center
Booth location:North Hall Meeting Room N103


• Capacitive Input Device for Automotive Use
• HAPTIC Trigger Plus
• Thin Touch Input Module
• IoT Sensor Network Module
• IoT for Sports Technology
• VR Grip Platform*
• GlidePoint Circle Trackpads
*Technologies of Alps Electric group company Cirque Corporation (Salt Lake City, USA)

Alps Electric possesses core technologies in three areas—human-machine interfaces, sensors and connectivity—and persistently creates electronic components of value for the customer through enrichment and fusion of those technologies.

The company has performed well in the human-machine interface and sensor domains. Alps Electric has been selected as the primary supplier of products for applications including smartphones, game consoles and automobiles. In the connectivity domain, the company ushered in mass production of V2X modules for vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communication.