Emerging Interface Technologies for Mobile Devices

2D and 3D Touch, Global and Localized Haptics, Speech Recognition, Voice Recognition, Gesture Recognition, and Eye Tracking Interface Technologies for Smartphones, Tablets, and Smart Watches

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Publication Date: 2Q 2015
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A user interface is the gateway between the user and an electronic device.  User interfaces have developed alongside such devices using new technologies to provide increasingly simple means of interaction. Since the emergence of the smartphone, touch has been the primary interface technology, developing over time from single-point touch to multi-touch gestures.  Touch will remain the primary user interface in smartphones, tablets, and smart watches, and haptics will also remain widely used.  However, the future of mobile devices lies in multi-modal interfaces.

Over the next several years, voice will grow in importance as an interface technology and will be the major secondary interface for mobile devices.  The hardware and software needed to run aural interface technologies are already well developed, and there is strong momentum toward greater integration of voice integration in devices and apps.  Well-established and emerging use cases, such as virtual digital assistants (VDAs), hands-free use, and always-on interfaces, will drive increasing use of speech recognition technologies.  Visual technologies, such as gesture recognition and eye tracking, are further out on the horizon, as hardware and software improvements are still required and more progress must be made on developing compelling applications for smartphones and tablets.  Other technologies are being developed as alternatives to visual gesture recognition, such as using ultrasound, which may take over as the technology develops.

This Tractica report examines the market and technology issues surrounding interface technologies for mobile devices and then presents forecasts for interface hardware and software covering the period from 2014 through 2020.  Interface technologies and applications are analyzed in depth, and the report also includes detailed profiles of 24 key industry players.  Market forecasts, segmented by mobile device type and world region, include four major interface groups and provide unit shipments and attach rates for eight technology segments.

Key Questions Addressed:

  • What are the leading interface technologies being used today in mobile devices, and how will these develop over the next 5 years?
  • Which new interface technologies are entering the market now, which will enter in the future, and how will this change the market?
  • What major applications and use cases are driving adoption of new interface technologies?
  • Who are the key suppliers to the market and what are they doing to drive market development?
  • What hardware and software advances need to be made to bring multi-modal user interfaces to market?

Who Needs This Report?

  • Mobile device manufacturers
  • Semiconductor and component vendors
  • Interface technology companies
  • Intellectual property developers
  • Software developers and integrators
  • Industry associations
  • Investor community

Table of Contents

  1. Executive Summary
    1. Introduction
    2. Market Drivers and Inhibitors
    3. Technology Trends
    4. Key Industry Players
    5. Market Forecast
  2. Market Issues
    1. Market Overview
    2. Scope of This Report
      1. Mobile Devices
        1. Smartphones
        2. Tablets
        3. Smart Watches
        4. Other Mobile Devices
      2. Types of Interface Technologies
        1. Touch
        2. Haptics
        3. Aural
        4. Visual
        5. Others
      3. Geographic Segmentation
    3. Overall Market Trends
    4. Market Drivers
      1. Hands-Free Use
      2. Always-On Interfaces
      3. Context Awareness
      4. Virtual Digital Assistants
      5. Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality
    5. Market Barriers
      1.  Technology
      2. Consumer Awareness
      3. Cost
  3. Technology Issues
    1. Interface Technologies Studied
    2. Current Interface Technologies
      1. Touch-Based
      2. Haptics
    3. Emerging Interface Technologies
      1. Aural
        1. Speech Recognition
        2. Voice Recognition
      2.  Visual
        1. Visual Gesture Recognition
        2. Eye Tracking
        3. Facial Recognition
      3. Other Interface Technologies
        1. Fingerprints
        2. Mind Control and Beyond
      4. Apps
        1. Audio Interface Apps
        2. Visual Interface Apps
      5. Enabling Hardware, Components, and Software
        1. Processors
        2. Audio Components and Software
        3. Software/Algorithms
        4. Image Sensors
      6. Mobile Devices in the Scope of This Report
        1. Smartphones
        2. Tablets
        3. Smart Watches
  4. Key Industry Players
    1. Introduction
    2. Agnitio
    3. Amazon
    4. Apple
    5. ARM Holdings
    6. CEVA
    7. Chirp Microsystems
    8. Elliptic Labs
    9. Eyesight Technologies
    10. Facebook
    11. Fogale Sensation
    12. Google
    13. Imagination Technologies
    14. Intel
    15. Novasentis
    16. Nuance Communications
    17. OmniVision
    18. Qualcomm
    19. Redux Labs
    20. Samsung
    21. Senseg
    22. SensoMotoric Instruments
    23. The Eye Tribe
    24. Tobii
    25. Ultrahaptics
    26. Additional Industry Participants
  5. Market Forecasts
    1. Introduction
    2. Forecast Methodology and Assumptions
    3. Total Market Forecasts
      1. Total Mobile Device Interface Technology Groups
      2. Total Mobile Device Regional Segmentation
    4. Segmentation by Device Category
      1. Smartphones
      2. Tablets
      3. Smart Watches
    5. Segmentation by Interface Technology
      1. Touch
      2. Haptics
      3. Aural
      4. Visual
  6. Conclusions
    1. Main Conclusions
    2. Recommendations
  7. Company Directory
  8. Acronym and Abbreviation List
  9. Table of Contents
  10. Table of Charts and Figures
  11. Scope of Study, Sources and Methodology, Notes

List of Charts, Figures, and Tables

Charts
  • Total Mobile Device Unit Shipments by Interface Technology Group, World Markets: 2014-2020
  • Total Mobile Device Unit Shipments by Interface Technology Group, World Markets: 2014-2020
  • Total Emerging Mobile Interface Technology Unit Shipments by Region, World Markets: 2014-2020
  • Smartphone Attach Rates by Emerging Interface Technology, World Markets: 2014-2020
  • Tablet Attach Rates by Emerging Interface Technology, World Markets: 2014-2020
  • Smart Watch Attach Rates by Emerging Interface Technology, World Markets: 2014-2020
  • Touch-based Interface Technology Unit Shipments, 2D and 3D Touch, World Markets: 2014-2020
  • 3D Touch Interface Technology Share of Unit Shipments by Device Type, World Market: 2014-2020
  • Haptic Interface Technology Unit Shipments, Global and Localized Haptics, World Markets: 2014-2020
  • Localized Haptic Interface Technology Share of Unit Shipments by Device Type, World Markets: 2014-2020
  • Aural Interface Technology Unit Shipments, Speech and Voice Recognition, World Markets: 2014-2020
  • Speech Recognition Interface Technology Share of Unit Shipments by Device Type, World Markets: 2014-2020
  • Voice Recognition Interface Technology Share of Unit Shipments by Device Type, World Markets: 2014-2020
  • Visual Interface Technology Unit Shipments, Gesture Recognition and Eye Tracking, World Markets: 2014-2020
  • Gesture Recognition Interface Technology Share of Unit Shipments by Device Type, World Markets: 2014-2020
  • Eye Tracking Interface Technology Share of Unit Shipments by Device Type, World Markets: 2014-2020
  • Eye Tracking Technology Unit Shipments by Region, World Markets: 2014-2020
Figures
  • Curved and Flexible Screens
  • Eye Tracking Solutions
  • Visual Gesture Technology
  • Core Components for Mobile Devices Block Diagram
  • Audio Signal Chain
Tables
  • Interface Technologies Studied
  • Interface Technology Industry Participants: Company Data and Products Supplied
  • Total Mobile Device Unit Shipments by Interface Technology Group, World Markets: 2014-2020
  • Total Mobile Device Unit Shipments by Emerging Interface Technology, World Markets: 2014-2020
  • Total Mobile Device Attach Rates by Emerging Interface Technology, World Markets: 2014-2020
  • Total Emerging Mobile Interface Technology Unit Shipments by Region, World Markets: 2014-2020
  • Smartphone Unit Shipments by Interface Technology Group, World Markets: 2014-2020
  • Smartphone Unit Shipments by Emerging Interface Technology, World Markets: 2014-2020
  • Smartphone Attach Rates by Emerging Interface Technology, World Markets: 2014-2020
  • Tablet Unit Shipments by Interface Technology Group, World Markets: 2014-2020
  • Tablet Unit Shipments by Emerging Interface Technology, World Markets: 2014-2020
  • Tablet Attach Rates by Emerging Interface Technology, World Markets: 2014-2020
  • Smart Watch Unit Shipments by Interface Technology Group, World Markets: 2014-2020
  • Smart Watch Unit Shipments by Emerging Interface Technology, World Markets: 2014-2020
  • Smart Watch Attach Rates by Emerging Interface Technology, World Markets: 2014-2020
  • Touch-based Interface Technology Unit Shipments by Device Type, World Markets: 2014-2020
  • 3D Touch Interface Technology Attach Rates by Device Type, World Markets: 2014-2020
  • 3D Touch Interface Technology Unit Shipments by Region, World Markets: 2014-2020
  • Haptic Interface Technology Unit Shipments by Device Type, World Markets: 2014-2020
  • Localized Haptic Interface Technology Attach Rates by Device Type, World Markets: 2014-2020
  • Localized Haptic Interface Technology Unit Shipments by Region, World Markets: 2014-2020
  • Aural Interface Technology Unit Shipments by Device Type, World Markets: 2014-2020
  • Voice Recognition Technology Attach Rates by Device Type, World Markets: 2014-2020
  • Speech Recognition Technology Attach Rates by Device Type, World Markets: 2014-2020
  • Voice Recognition Technology Unit Shipments by Region, World Markets: 2014-2020
  • Visual Interface Technology Unit Shipments by Device Type, World Markets: 2014-2020
  • Gesture Recognition Technology Attach Rates by Device Type, World Markets: 2014-2020
  • Eye Tracking Technology Attach Rates by Device Type, World Markets: 2014-2020
  • Gesture Recognition Technology Unit Shipments by Region, World Markets: 2014-2020