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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.

Table Of Contents

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
SECTION 1 1
Executive Summary 1
1.1 Introduction 1
1.2 Market Drivers and Inhibitors .. 1
1.3 Technology Trends .. 2
1.4 Key Industry Players 2
1.5 Market Forecast . 3
SECTION 2 4
Market Issues . 4
2.1 Market Overview 4
2.2 Scope of This Report .. 4
2.2.1 Mobile Devices 4
2.2.1.1 Smartphones 4
2.2.1.2 Tablets . 4
2.2.1.3 Smart Watches 5
2.2.1.4 Other Mobile Devices .. 5
2.2.2 Types of Interface Technologies 5
2.2.2.1 Touch 5
2.2.2.2 Haptics . 5
2.2.2.3 Aural .. 6
2.2.2.4 Visual 6
2.2.2.5 Others .. 6
2.2.3 Geographic Segmentation . 7
2.3 Overall Market Trends . 7
2.4 Market Drivers . 7
2.4.1 Hands-Free Use . 8
2.4.2 Always-On Interfaces .. 8
2.4.3 Context Awareness .. 9
2.4.4 Virtual Digital Assistants .. 10
2.4.5 Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality . 10
2.5 Market Barriers . 11
2.5.1 Technology . 11
2.5.2 Consumer Awareness .. 12
2.5.3 Cost 12
SECTION 3 . 13
Technology Issues 13
3.1 Interface Technologies Studied 13
3.2 Current Interface Technologies 13
3.2.1 Touch-Based . 13
3.2.2 Haptics .. 14
3.3 Emerging Interface Technologies .. 15
3.3.1 Aural .. 15
3.3.1.1 Speech Recognition 15
3.3.1.2 Voice Recognition 15
3.3.2 Visual . 16
3.3.2.1 Visual Gesture Recognition 16
3.3.2.2 Eye Tracking .. 17
3.3.2.3 Facial Recognition .. 18
3.3.3 Other Interface Technologies 19
3.3.3.1 Fingerprints . 19
3.3.3.2 Mind Control and Beyond 19
3.4 Apps .. 19
3.4.1 Audio Interface Apps . 20
3.4.2 Visual Interface Apps 20
3.5 Enabling Hardware, Components, and Software 21
3.5.1 Processors .. 21
3.5.2 Audio Components and Software 22
3.5.3 Software/Algorithms .. 22
3.5.4 Image Sensors . 23
3.6 Mobile Devices in the Scope of This Report . 23
3.6.1 Smartphones . 24
3.6.2 Tablets .. 24
3.6.3 Smart Watches . 24
SECTION 4 . 25
Key Industry Players .. 25
4.1 Introduction . 25
4.2 Agnitio .. 25
4.3 Amazon 25
4.4 Apple . 26
4.5 ARM Holdings .. 27
4.6 CEVA . 27
4.7 Chirp Microsystems 28
4.8 Elliptic Labs 28
4.9 Eyesight Technologies . 28
4.10 Facebook . 29
4.11 Fogale Sensation 29
4.12 Google .. 30
4.13 Imagination Technologies .. 30
4.14 Intel . 31
4.15 Novasentis .. 32
4.16 Nuance Communications 32
4.17 OmniVision . 33
4.18 Qualcomm .. 33
4.19 Redux Labs 33
4.20 Samsung . 34
4.21 Senseg . 34
4.22 SensoMotoric Instruments . 35
4.23 The Eye Tribe 35
4.24 Tobii 35
4.25 Ultrahaptics 36
4.26 Additional Industry Participants 36
SECTION 5 . 38
Market Forecasts .. 38
5.1 Introduction . 38
5.2 Forecast Methodology and Assumptions 38
5.3 Total Market Forecasts 39
5.3.1 Total Mobile Device Interface Technology Groups 39
5.3.2 Total Mobile Device Regional Segmentation 39
5.4 Segmentation by Device Category. 40
5.4.1 Smartphones . 40
5.4.2 Tablets .. 42
5.4.3 Smart Watches . 43
5.5 Segmentation by Interface Technology .. 44
5.5.1 Touch . 45
5.5.2 Haptics .. 47
5.5.3 Aural .. 49
5.5.4 Visual . 52
SECTION 6 . 55
Conclusions . 55
6.1 Main Conclusions 55
6.2 Recommendations . 55
SECTION 7 . 57
Company Directory .. 57
SECTION 8 . 61
Acronym and Abbreviation List 61
SECTION 9 . 63
Table of Contents .. 63
SECTION 10 .. 66
Table of Charts and Figures 66
SECTION 11 .. 67
Scope of Study 67
Sources and Methodology .. 67
Notes . 68

TABLE OF CHARTS AND FIGURES
Chart 1.1 Total Mobile Device Unit Shipments by Interface Technology Group, World Markets:
2014-2020 . 3
Chart 5.1 Total Mobile Device Unit Shipments by Interface Technology Group, World Markets:
2014-2020 .. 39
Chart 5.2 Total Emerging Mobile Interface Technology Unit Shipments by Region, World
Markets: 2014-2020 .. 40
Chart 5.3 Smartphone Attach Rates by Emerging Interface Technology, World Markets:
2014-2020 .. 41
Chart 5.4 Tablet Attach Rates by Emerging Interface Technology, World Markets: 2014-2020 . 42
Chart 5.5 Smart Watch Attach Rates by Emerging Interface Technology, World Markets:
2014-2020 .. 43
Chart 5.6 Touch-based Interface Technology Unit Shipments, 2D and 3D Touch, World Markets:
2014-2020 .. 45
Chart 5.7 3D Touch Interface Technology Share of Unit Shipments by Device Type, World
Markets: 2014-2020 .. 46
Chart 5.8 Haptic Interface Technology Unit Shipments, Global and Localized Haptics, World
Markets: 2014-2020 .. 47
Chart 5.9 Localized Haptic Interface Technology Share of Unit Shipments by Device Type,
World Markets: 2014-2020 . 48
Chart 5.10 Aural Interface Technology Unit Shipments, Speech and Voice Recognition, World
Markets: 2014-2020 .. 49
Chart 5.11 Speech Recognition Interface Technology Share of Unit Shipments by Device Type,
World Markets: 2014-2020 . 50
Chart 5.12 Voice Recognition Interface Technology Share of Unit Shipments by Device Type,
World Markets: 2014-2020 51
Chart 5.13 Visual Interface Technology Unit Shipments, Gesture Recognition and Eye Tracking,
World Markets: 2014-2020 . 52
Chart 5.14 Gesture Recognition Interface Technology Share of Unit Shipments by Device Type,
World Markets: 2014-2020 . 53
Chart 5.15 Eye Tracking Interface Technology Share of Unit Shipments by Device Type, World
Markets: 2014-2020 .. 54
Chart 11.1 Tractica Research Methodology .. 68
Figure 3.1 Curved and Flexible Screens 14
Figure 3.2 Eye Tracking Solutions . 18
Figure 3.3 Visual Gesture Technology 20
Figure 3.4 Core Components for Mobile Devices Block Diagram . 21
Figure 3.5 Audio Signal Chain . 22
Table 1.1 Interface Technologies Studied .. 1
Table 3.1 Interface Technologies Studied 13
Table 4.1 Interface Technology Industry Participants: Company Data and Products Supplied .. 36

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