The HoloActive Touch Project was a highlight at the BMW i Inside Future presentation at the Consumer Electronic Show (CES) in Las Vegas 2017. With a futuristic interieur concept BMW wanted to present the potential future of the automobile and show how the human-car interaction can be revolutionized, far exceeding the pure driving experience. The concept includes a new display technology which enables a floating display of images. This User Interface can be interacted with via gestures while the user receives haptic feedback at the fingertip which is generated by an array of ultrasonic speakers.
In the future passengers will be able to engage with non-driving related tasks while driving in a car and interact with the car in a new manner. In order to realize BMWs concept of a unique human-machine-interface just in time for CES, Motius implemented this interactive system in cooperation with 3 other companies. The interface controls the multimedia system of the car via a hologram and haptic feedback. The challenges during the development were the short time frame, the coordination with the international, interdisciplinary and cross-company teams, as well as the development of a prototype, suitable for the CES, made from single components in early development stages.
The user could feel a haptic feedback in his fingertip when pressing the floating holographic controls. This was achieved through the combination and calibration of two independently coordinated systems which could generate the haptic feedback at the desired position. A Unity-based user interface was developed for the hologram, whose image was projected in the air above the middle console through a special mirror in front of a display. Since we supported BMW at the CES, we were able to experience the excitement of the users up close.
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