Lenovo, Asus, and Tencent launch mobile game phones with Sentons GamingBar virtual buttons

Sentons has coordinated with Lenovo, Asus, and Tencent to produce gaming smart devices with virtual buttons, which use controllers that pick up gestures such as presses, swipes, and taps.

Lenovo has actually come up with the Legion Smart Device, while Tencent and Asus created the Rog Phone 3 utilizing Sentons’ tech. The San Jose, California-based Sentons powers its virtual buttons with an innovation it calls software-defined surface areas (SDS) and it’s including an SDS GamingBar that improves your gameplay experience with mobile video games, stated Sentons CEO Jess Lee in an interview with GamesBeat.

The uses for the new technology make mobile gaming more like other platforms. You could, for example, play a game of pinball on a phone and tap the sides of the phone, instead of buttons, to operate the flippers, Lee said.

“We’ve been striving on our innovation, and also we’re growing our customer base,” Lee said. We have two brand-new phones launching with our technology. This is an enhanced variation of what you’ve seen before, and we’re calling it the GamingBar. It’s a more consolidated, refined, and higher-performance version of our previous video gaming solutions.” The GamingBar uses ultrasonically modulated discrete sensing units instead of buttons. GamingBar enables phone manufacturers to change the edge of any gadget, made from any product, into a force-sensitive touch interface. That helps because gamers sometimes interact in a really complicated way in games, and the touchscreen surface of the phone isn’t enough for those functions, Lee said.

The new video game phones originate from brand names that have actually chosen style over performance. That doesn’t mean they have to provide up buttons, stated Sam Sheng, the chief innovation officer of Sentons.

“ There’s a lot going on [with] the screens. So the chauffeur for these folks and others in the pipeline is to declutter the screen and move your finger off screen due to the fact that it’s ergonomically better,” Sheng stated. Holding down a button is a little uneasy and not terrific user experience. The haptics [sense of touch] is fully integrated, so you get that tactile experience of a button with Sentons.”

Lenovo Legion Smart Device

Lenovo’s game phone utilizes the ultrasonic controls from Sentons. The Sentons SDS GamingBar powers the Y triggers.” If you tap on the sides with your fingers, you get the result of having virtual buttons.

Players can personalize the phone with light-to-hard taps and several slides and swipes. These gestures can activate in-game maneuvers like altering POV, firing, reloading, screen record, and other jobs that would be difficult to do with simply a touchscreen control.

Sentons gives the business the ability to upgrade the abilities of the virtual buttons through over-the-air updates. You can use your fingers to manage functions in a video game, but you can also swipe with a finger to change the volume on a wise speaker.

“ We took all of the knowings and all the next-generation innovation and engineering that we’ve done and encapsulated it into a basic item that we call GamingBar,” Lee stated.

Rog Phone 3 from Tencent and Asus

Sentons’  SDS GamingBar is also part of the customizable, buttonless Rog Phone 3 from Tencent and Asus. The brand-new phone, also being unveiled today, uses the ultrasonic controllers to function as “ AirTriggers in the smartphone for the Chinese mobile video gaming market.

This opens brand-new abilities for fully customizable interactive experiences while getting rid of the structural troubles presented by mechanical buttons, Lee said.

The ROG Phone 3 from Tencent and Asus utilizes AirTriggers through an interactive, bezel-less edge on the gadget. Among the most popular functions on the ROG Phone II that introduced in 2015, AirTriggers can be personalized to recognize any tap, press, capture, or gesture with the accuracy required for pro-level video gaming, Lee said.

Research from JD.com revealed that the SDSWave innovation used in the ROG Phone II’s AirTriggers made a 99 % user approval ranking. And with the new GamingBar, the AirTriggers are much better.

The brand-new GamingBar comes upgraded with five times the gaming efficiency and a special slide function over the ROG Phone II. Whether it’s used to refill ammo with a long-squeeze, control direction with a light swipe, or fire with a tap, the GamingBar provides the gamer an edge, Lee stated.

GamingBar also presents brand-new opportunities for developers since it can be set to activate numerous in-game controls depending on the user’s gesture, so developers are no longer limited to one control per physical button.

Sentons, established in 2011, has 50 staff members. The business has actually raised $37.7 million to date from New Business Associates and Northern Light Equity Capital.

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