Hand tracking and mid-air haptics integrated with HMI development platform

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HMI developer CGI Studio has integrated specialist Ultraleap’s hand tracking and mid-air haptics technologies into Incari, its automotive HMI development platform. According to the company, the integration will allow new touchless interaction methods to be created in the platform and gives UI and interaction designers the ability to define a more comprehensive user experience.

The company states that the Incari HMI development platform is increasingly being adopted by manufacturers as a part of the vehicle development workflow. It allows for cross-department collaboration so that designers and engineers can work on the same basis in the HMI creation process. This allows UI and interaction designers to focus on content creation and quickly build a new HMI that is then compiled into a vehicle system where engineers can focus on implementation and logic development. This streamlines the entire workflow of HMI production, allowing for an agile development process, eliminating redundant manual tasks and reducing effort spent.

CGI Studio’s CTO and co-founder, Alexander Grasse, commented, “Since we first experienced Ultraleap’s technologies, it’s been clear that they deliver real value in automotive HMI. We are very pleased to have built Ultraleap’s technologies into our platform and to give our customers access to new and advanced methods of interaction. Together, we can help HMI designers and engineers leverage these new technologies for their upcoming HMI projects so that they get the best development experience from early design stages, up to series production.”

The Ultraleap integration for Incari Studio is currently in beta release with a prototype running in a driving simulator. In the future, customers will be able to access the integration via a plugin from the software.

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