Atmel and OptoFidelity Collaborate on Handwriting Test Solution Demo Presented at MWC2016

Atmel® and OptoFidelity, both recognized leaders in the touch technology segment, today announced their collaboration. In this collaboration, OptoFidelity and Atmel are working together to develop next-generation cutting-edge technologies for future touchscreen requirements. OptoFidelity is delivering novel solutions to support the testing of human handwriting on touchscreens which is a challenging feat that requires high-end measurement technologies and novel approaches. OptoFidelity is presenting the solution at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2016 February 22-25, 2016 in Barcelona.

Atmel is a global leader and provider of best-in-class touch technologies to various industries for 15 years because of its continued investments to innovation. Atmel touch solutions enable the development of smart and differentiated designs with exceptional user experiences for today’s consumers. These solutions meet high-performance standards and are extremely low in power consumption enabling better battery life for mobile devices.

OptoFidelity is a recognized global leader for testing solutions in touch and other user interaction technologies. The company has delivered more than 1000 testing solutions globally to mobile industry value chain: innovation, product development, volume production and customer care. OptoFidelity testing solutions are ideal for user interface performance, touch & stylus performance, video and camera testing, and display inspection.

The Challenges of Human Handwriting on a Touchscreen

Human handwriting, either with a finger or stylus on a touchscreen, is extremely challenging. Using a stylus on a touchscreen is challenging because the machine has to replicate what a human would do with a pen and paper. There are multiple challenges for the replication: variation of speed may be significant, and the style of handwriting varies a lot. The user may also have their palm or their hand on the screen, or the tilt of the pen may vary significantly per user. OptoFidelity has developed new testing solutions in cooperation with Atmel to overcome these challenges. The project started already in 2015 and the results look promising.

– “It has been great working with the OptoFidelity expert teams,” said Iqbal Sharif, Senior Director of Atmel Touch Division. “We have challenged the OptoFidelity team and their technology to replicate handwriting on a touchscreen, and it has been great to see the results that we have achieved together. We look forward to continuing this intensive cooperation with the OptoFidelity teams.”

– “This has been a great experience. We have been working in the industry long, but this was another new challenge for us to solve. We are proud to work with the industry leaders and deliver added value,” Ilmo Lounasmaa, VP of Test Robotics from OptoFidelity.

More information on OptoFidelity handwriting solutions can be seen in MWC Barcelona on Feb 22-25, and OptoFidelity YouTube channel. A joint white paper related to handwriting testing solutions is available for download from the OptoFidelity website starting Feb 22,2016.

OptoFidelity is a global leader for testing solutions in user interactions and touch technologies. OptoFidelity customers include major industry leaders from chipset, mobile and automotive industries globally. It has teams in three continents: Silicon Valley, Europe and China. www.optofidelity.com.

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