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The Benefits of Smart Surfaces as Smart Interfaces

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LAIIER's smart occupancy sensor

As technology embeds itself into the smart building and the smart home, intelligent interfaces are increasingly becoming a part of people’s day-to-day interactions.

Whether manifested through active controls such as light switches, keypads, and buttons, or passive ones that automate and monitor events, smart interfaces have the potential to bring huge financial, productivity, and health benefits to our environments.

The challenge lies in developing discrete and cost-effective solutions that can seamlessly integrate into the floors, walls, furniture, and spaces around us. Smart interfaces need to offer design freedom from design to manufacture while providing flexibility in long-term use. As the video below demonstrates, smart surfaces can open up a range of interaction possibilities on a wide variety of materials, providing seamless interaction.

HubSpot Video

Advantages of Smart Interfaces

Smart surfaces have the potential to transform our environment by turning every surface into an interface. A traditional surface like a wall can become a touch screen, a tabletop can recognize and interpret a gesture control, or a floor can communicate and send data to a computing device, mobile device, App, or building management dashboard. Integrating smart interfaces solutions can bring the following benefits to spaces:

  • Health benefits – Improving hygiene through touchless interfaces and cleaning event monitoring
  • Built-in interaction – Adding gesture-based interaction to existing surfaces or materials through smart interfaces for keypads, controls, or light switches built into furniture or walls
  • Aesthetics – ‘Invisible’ integration through the use of everyday materials to design discrete and low-cost smart surfaces
  • Real-time data – Sending data analysis from touch, proximity, or gesture events to the cloud in real-time for immediate action or optimization.

LAIIER's Smart Interface Technology

LAIIER’s smart interface and gesture recognition technology make it possible to turn any wall, floor, or material into a smart surface. With over a dozen functionalities available, our smart interface technology can transform most materials into an input device to interpret gestures and collect data.

Our smart sensors deliver high-quality data to the cloud so that touch and proximity events can be monitored and reported back to building management systems, providing a reliable, cost-effective solution for designing and integrating interfaces into any surface or material. Our technology’s key advantages are the following:

  • Design Freedom – Printed sensor technology means interfaces can be applied to a wide range of materials, allowing for integration into smooth or three-dimensional shapes and surfaces.
  • Material agnostic – Capacitive sensing technology allows our smart interfaces to work through other materials, so sensors can be hidden behind other materials and surfaces.
  • Reprogrammable – Unique sensor patterning means our interfaces can accommodate custom gestures and outputs, allowing for long-term flexibility and customization to a specific gesture.

IoT water leak dashboard notification

The Future is in Smart Surfaces

At LAIIER our goal is to create smart interfaces that can improve our experiences as we interact with the spaces and objects around us. We believe smart, intuitive, and dynamic interfaces are not limited to computers and electronic devices and do not have to compromise the design and feel of the spaces we occupy. We're starting with water leak detection and working with industry-leading partners to build user interfaces into our world.

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