Aito is the world's first touch technology that offers a physical experience. Unlike existing solutions, Aito involves both sensing a finger input and providing a haptic response within a single system. By shifting the paradigm, we achieve a remarkable natural touch sensation combined with a most efficient and reliable technological solution.
AITO®HapticTouch is based on the capability of piezo components to both sense and actuate. Our proprietary signal processing and driving algorithms allow off-the-shelf miniature piezo discs to act as a sensor and actuator simultaneously. This provides unparalleled performance, as well as cost and reliability benefits compared to systems that use separate haptic actuators and touch and force sensors.
AITO®HapticTouch parallels how a human fingertip works. When we touch an object such as an egg, our fingers can subconsciously apply just the right amount of force, ensuring it's not crushed. With high sensitivity and a wide dynamic range, AITO®HapticTouch can easily detect anything from a light touch to a hard press with high precision. It can also reliably distinguish a finger press from an accidental touch, avoiding unwanted activations.
Existing solutions rely on the phenomenon of resonance and generate haptic sensations through the vibration of the touch surface at a particular amplitude and frequency. AITO®HapticTouch uses a unique and novel approach such that when pressed, micro-movements of the touch surface are perceived through the fingertips as much more substantial movements, more like button clicks. With an acceleration force of up to 10G for a split second, our Direct Drive method can generate a wide range of haptic sensations that feel very natural.
Our piezo sensors don't require any power in standby mode, whatsoever. The energy of a pushing finger alone is enough to wake-up the electronic circuity. Aito’s Direct Drive has been designed as the most power efficient driving method on the market, enabling haptic feedback for any battery-driven application.
Our solution has been designed around the thinnest and lowest cost actuator on the market: single layer miniature piezo discs. These off-the-shelf components, often used in greetings cards, have an insertion height of only 0.4 mm and are available in high quantities from several reliable sources. In addition, Aito is partnering with leading suppliers for development of new form factors, stronger multi-layer piezo components and flexible electroactive polymers.