Broad, New Japan Patent Validates Enhancements to HoloTouch® HMI Technology, Projecting Compact, Intuitive, Touchless, Holographic HMIs
Stamford, Connecticut, January 6, 2013 – R. Douglas McPheters, President of HoloTouch, Inc., announced today that the Japan Patent Office has granted the company Japan Patent Number 5113922, covering several ways to apply HoloTouch touchless, holographic HMI technology, invented by McPheters, to increasingly smaller, more compact and less expensive controls and other electronics.
HoloTouch technology and its sophisticated refinements were already the subject of Australia Patent 2004258513, Canada Patents 2,160, 245 and 2,530,987, Japan Patents 4130957 and 4741488, US Patents 6,377,238 and 7,054,045 as well as UK Patent 2292711. An additional patent application is pending in the European Union. The company’s intellectual property is now fully protected in major commercial markets.
McPheters observed “the granting of Japan Patent 5113922 is particularly encouraging because it recognizes a variety of sophistications to our core technology by the Japanese IP protection scheme. The Japan Patent Office is well-known for its attention to detail and demanding standards for recognizing novelty in patent application, factors which make the granting of this far-reaching and important patent even more satisfying. Innovative use of these intuitive but touchless human-machine interfaces, employing these enhancements to our core technology forecasts a wide variety of comfortable virtual interfaces even as the size of hardware continues to shrink beyond the size of human fingers. We continue to innovate in order to offer technology to build creative, virtual HMIs with no moving parts to fail under use or abuse and no contamination transfer issues.”
HoloTouch, Inc. works with licensees of its HoloTouch technology to apply it to their specific devices and offers design, engineering and manufacturing services needed to build prototypes of those devices.
HoloTouch, Inc. is a Connecticut Technology Council and FastTrack company and has been repeatedly recognized by industry groups and publishers for its technological excellence, innovation and product development including readers and editors of Control Engineering, Connecticut Quality Improvement Award Partnership, Connecticut Technology Council, Product Development and Management Association and International Hologram Manufacturers Association.
R. Douglas McPheters, President
Incorporated in Delaware by entrepreneur, inventor and veteran R. Douglas McPheters, HoloTouch, Inc. licenses its widely patented technology for use in interactive holographic controls that float in thin air to manufacturers for specific applications. The company offers design, engineering and manufacturing services needed to provide turn-key solutions utilizing its revolutionary technology. For more information about HoloTouch technology, licensing and product opportunities and how HoloTouch can provide turn-key solutions for customized HMI applications, please call 203.588.9808 or write to email@example.com.
New Canadian Patent Caps HoloTouch, Inc.’s North American IP Portfolio
Stamford, Connecticut, April 18, 2012 – R. Douglas McPheters, President of HoloTouch, Inc. announced today that the Canadian Intellectual Property Office, an Agency of Industry Canada (office de la propriété intellectuelle du Canada, un organisme d’Industrie Canada) has issued Canadian Patent No. 2530987, which covers sophisticated improvements to the company’s broadly protected touchless holographic actuation and control technology. Basic HoloTouch® technology is already the subject of U.S. Patent 6,377,238, U.K. Patent No. 2292711 and Japanese Patent 4130957. This latest Canadian patent, along with U.S. Patent 7,054,045 and Australian Patent 20042580513, creatively addresses ways to reduce the size and shape of devices using HoloTouch technology to make them more compact, durable and easy to use, hence easier to use and less expensive to manufacture than analogous tactile controls. The company has additional patent applications pending in the United States and other major industrialized countries.
Reached at his Stamford office, McPheters observed: “allowance of our latest Canadian patent application, resulting in the issuance of Canadian Patent 2530987, completes an important step in growing and strengthening our intellectual property portfolio and foreshadows development of Canadian markets for products using HoloTouch technology and those of Canadian exporters. By devising ways to enclose all essential parts of any controls using HoloTouch technology inside a sealed enclosure, they’re more durable (no moving parts to fail under use or abuse) and without contamination transfer issues (nothing to actually touch in using them). As part of our commercialization process, we license HoloTouch technology for use in specific devices and are moving toward manufacture and sale of a commercial version of a single-function switch (picture at the right). A switch like this, which fits into a standard wall box and operates on 110 or 240 VAC, has been flawlessly opening doors at Yale-New Haven Hospital for nearly two (2) years in an area where hospital administrators tell us the tactile switches it replaced only last six to eight weeks before people destroy them through use or abuse. To operate this switch and other controls using HoloTouch technology, people need only pass a finger through holographic images of what would otherwise be the device’s buttons or keys, floating freely in the air at a convenient location.”
HoloTouch technology can be customized to controls in a variety of sectors including automotive, aviation, banking, consumer electronics, “factory floor,” food processing, games and gaming, medical and military, just to name a few.
R. Douglas McPheters, President
HoloTouch, Inc. was incorporated in Delaware by entrepreneur, inventor and veteran R. Douglas McPheters. The company licenses its widely patented technology for use in interactive holographic controls that float in thin air to manufacturers for specific applications and offers design, engineering and manufacturing services needed to provide turn-key solutions utilizing its revolutionary technology.
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