Aito®Chip turns off-the-shelf piezo components into ultra-sensitive sensors and precise actuators. The plug and play ICs are available for user interfaces in a wide range of applications and markets.
You can compare the role of the Aito®Chip in a system to a combined touch controller and haptic driver. It communicates with the application host processor handling other elements of the user interface, such as illumination. By connecting up to 10 individually controlled piezos, many interface solutions are possible, from single buttons to sliders and surfaces or displays.
Aito®Chip functions as a closed loop system. Signals from the piezos are used to determine surface presses and finger positions. In response, Direct Drive pulses are generated on the fly to actuate the piezos. This approach provides advantages. For example, it reduces the sensitivity to external disturbances, providing very robust and reliable touch sensing capability. It's also essential for intuitive feedback as the response is provided with high accuracy and no latency.
Developing a good user interface requires a lot of fine-tuning. With Aito UXDesignStudio you can configure all key parameters of the touch sensing and haptic feedback experience. Our Windows-based software makes it easy to experiment with settings that can you can change on-the-fly. It is an essential tool throughout the complete product development cycle, all the way to mass production.
When designing an Aito®Chip based user interface solution, the integration of the piezo components plays a vital role in overall performance of the system. That’s why Aito has developed design guidelines and provides training to new customers. Together we can benefit from best-practices and achieve the best possible performance at the lowest cost. Contact us for more information about our guidelines and training.
The AITO®HapticTouch technology and Aito®Chips have been designed and tested to meet the most stringent conditions. With the support of leading system integrators, the impact of aspects such as high temperature, surrounding vibrations and EMC have been tested and qualified. Testing shows that our solution withstands more than 10 million activations or more. Additionally, encapsulation of piezos underneath the top surface ensures that even brute force cannot damage the interface, making it a very suitable technology for harsh environments.
If you want to experience the AITO®HapticTouch solution for yourself, our evaluation kit is an excellent starting point. It contains a user interface panel with three controls, connected to a demonstration board. With the included Aito UXDesignStudio, you can experiment with different settings and configurations. For pricing and ordering, please contact us.