Date: 9th September 2020 TechExeter
Track: 1 Type of session: Talk
Start Time: 12:00 Level: No prior knowledge / entry-level

Touchless Technology - Innovating in a Post-Pandemic World

Note: Speaker information is preliminary and subject to change

COVID-19 has transformed our lives, and we are now more aware than ever of hygiene in public spaces. Recent Ultraleap research showed that just 12% of consumers believed that touchscreens in public spaces are hygienic and 50% said they are unlikely to use touchscreens again. But touch screens are still a ubiquitous part of the digital-out-of-home experience: from hospital kiosks and airports, to supermarkets and ATMs. Could there be a better solution? Using hand tracking and mid-air haptics, Ultraleap is creating completely touchless interfaces that allow users to interact, feel and press buttons in mid-air without touching a screen or holding a controller. Antonia Forster, Unity Game Developer at Ultraleap, will be speaking about her work on touchless technology, the challenges of designing a completely new kind of interface, and her hopes for its future application - including bringing the sense of touch into VR/AR experiences.

Session takeaways

  • An insight into "post-pandemic tech", specifically hand tracking & ultrasonic, mid-air haptics
  • a (pre-recorded) demo of touchless interfaces in action
  • knowledge of other potential applications, including AR/VR

Bio

Antonia is a self-taught programmer working in the field of VR, AR, hand-tracking and haptics, on the cutting edge of technology. She is an accomplished public speaker and passionate advocate for women and LGBTQ+ people in STEM, travelling the world to help businesses diversify their workforce. In 2017, Antonia delivered a TEDx talk that has reached over 100,000 views online. She has been shortlisted for Nature’s prestigious John Maddox Prize – an award for those who stand up for science in the face of adversity.


Conference Sponsored By: Sponsor logo Software Solved

Software Solved

Software Solved are specialists in data and software solutions, harnessing the power of technology for over 20 years. Their experts are on hand to help build your next project.

Find out more