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.
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 the industry. The report includes a detailed discussion of each of the key technologies, basic principles, value chain implications and example players. It also contains comprehensive market forecasts, starting from historic data for 2015, and forecasting through to 2027 by application/product type and by technology.
The report expects capacitive force sensing to remain dominant, with advantages over resistive options and immaturity in more emerging techniques such as piezoelectric polymers or dielectric elastomers allowing them to dominate the market. The report also covers detailed application ideas across sectors including consumer electronics, automotive and industrial markets.
Whilst force sensing is certainly not the user interface end game, it represents a very important step as the entire value chain behind user interfaces moves beyond touch. The value proposition is initially subtle, with many interesting features as detailed within the report but a distinct lack of any "killer-app" within the consumer space for now. However, as technology and markets mature, we expect that areas such as input controllers for VR and AR devices (building on an initial base from the games console controller space) and later as a user interfaces in the automotive spaces will drive growth to around $1.8bn in annual force sensor sales for user interfaces alone.
With extensive coverage across industries including sensors, displays, touch and printed electronics, as well as coverage of verticals like wearable technology, other consumer electronics and automotive, IDTechEx analysts have collaborated to produce a highly contextual, insightful and timely report on an industry which is developing very quickly and is relevant to the entire electronics value chain.
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