We believe in communication beyond seeing and hearing.
The industry is, and has for a long time been, trying to minimize and simplify user interfaces. Fewer buttons and more intuitive gestures that even infants can understand. Today we are, wherever it is possible, moving away from buttons and screens altogether, and towards more intuitive solutions like swiping your foot under the car to open the trunk or asking your voice assistant to dim the lights. This new wave is often called Zero UI.
“Looking to the future, the next big step will be for the very concept of the ‘device’ to go away.”
Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google
Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg have their own paths to their versions of Zero UI but it will take time before they enter the market. We think we can get far with simpler tech, today.
The vision for this, xBand, is to be an unnoticeable interface between the users. We want our users to experience communication without thinking about the technology that supports it.
Freedom to communicate anytime and anywhere.
A couple of years ago Peter Idestam-Almquist read about the product BrainPort and got really fascinated. BrainPort transfers pictures from a camera to a user through electrotactile stimulation of the user's tongue. The brain is plastic, and although you pass the visual information to the brain through the sense of touch, the brain can amazingly still interpret it as vision!
Peter studied results in neuroscience and found that our sense of touch can be used to send any type of information to our brains. He then wanted a device to transfer information from his smartphone to his brain through the sense of touch. He was looking for such a device, but couldn’t find any. Therefore, he built some prototypes himself together with his nephew Ante Larsson. They found that it was surprisingly easy to decode messages given as vibrations in Morse on the wrist. In 2018 they started xTactor to make their technology available to everyone.