Canatu demonstrates innovative door control solution in Daimler programme

Since 2016, Canatu has been part of Daimler's STARTUP AUTOBAHN. (photo: STARTUP AUTOBAHN)

Canatu, a leading manufacturer of 3D-formable and bendable transparent conductive films and touch sensors based in Helsinki, Finland, will be displaying its latest concept solution as part of the Daimler sponsored STARTUP AUTOBAHN programme.

In 2016 Canatu was selected to participate in the STARTUP AUTOBAHN programme. The founders of STARTUP AUTOBAHN – Daimler, Plug and Play, the University of Stuttgart, and ARENA2036 – believe in disruptive thinking and the sharing of ideas, technology, and connections to help start-ups thrive faster. The programme is an innovation platform uniting global start-ups with world leading tech expertise and German engineering. The program displays solutions at the intersection of hardware and software.

Canatu has, together with Faurecia, co-created a transparent, thermoformed touch sensor to operate power windows and seat functions on a seamless décor panel. The solution features a number of functions such as menu options, seat functions: heat, massage, vent, power window lifting and intuitive finger locators as all-in-one 3D touch sensor. Consumers are expected to benefit from beautiful, seamless surfaces as Canatu aspires to turn almost any surface into a human interface. The design and aesthetic advantages erase the need for mechanical buttons minimising areas where dust and humidity can settle, reduce disturbing noises and make the overall driving experience ever the more intuitive and user friendly.

Canatu’s offering caters for a variety of end-products requiring flat, flexible and formable touch devices for a multitude of surfaces with sheet resistances. The company’s sensors are tailored to customer needs, and they can be used to endow any surface with touch functionality regardless of shape. Whether it is a touch display, button, slider or light switch, the Canatu product makes possible a truly intuitive user experience. Canatu’s products are reported to enable exciting touch features on flexible and 3D shaped devices with a simple device structure that results in thin form factor with robust quality and superior display contrast.

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