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Huawei Active Pen at CES 2016 and Active Pen Market

January 21, 2016

At CES 2016, Huawei booth showcased MediaPad M2 10 inch tablet PC with active pen. The display is 10.1 inch 1920×1080 pixel format. The active pen have 2048 pressure level sensitivity. The pen is branded as Huawei’s pen.

Figure 1. Huawei active pen at CES 2016

Huawei pen CES 2016

Photo by: Dr. Jennifer Colegrove, Jan 2016

The active pen industry landscape has changed dramatically in recent 2 years: The number of companies actively working on active pen technology has increased from 60 companies in 2014 to over 100 companies in 2016.

Touch Display Research defines active pen as a pen with an electronic circuit. Some active pens have an integrated battery in it, and others don’t. A passive pen has neither an electronic circuit nor a battery. In the recently published “Active Pen Technologies, Supply Chain and Market Forecast Report (Second Edition),” Touch Display Research Inc., analyzed more than twenty digital pen technologies, which include thirteen active pen technologies and eight passive pen technologies.

Figure 2: Active pen and passive pen summary and comparison (Full table is in the excel database)

active pen passive pen table

Source: Touch Display Research, Active pen technologies supply chain and market forecast 2016 report.

Digital pen input is very useful in education, certain language input, medical, finance, industry applications, and content creation. Active pen technology is superior to passive in terms of accuracy, pressure sensing, and input of fine line. We forecast that active pen usage will have rapid growth in the next several years.

More analysis of CES 2016 active pen exhibitions and active pen market forecast can be found in the “Active Pen Technologies, Supply Chain and Market Forecast 2016 Report”. You can subscribe on our website: www.touchdisplayresearch.com in the Market Research report page or by email: jc@touchdisplayresearch.com

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Jennifer and team

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About Touch Display Research Inc.

Touch Display Research, Inc.(www.TouchDisplayResearch.com) is an independent technology market research and consulting firm specializing in touch screen and emerging display technologies such as OLED displays, OLED lighting, flexible displays, e-paper displays, ITO-replacement, Active pen, 3D displays, near-eye displays, pocket projectors, quantum dots, gesture controls, voice controls, and eye controls. Touch Display Research provides standard reports, consulting projects, and due diligence for touch suppliers, display manufacturers, consumer electronics ODMs/OEMs, material suppliers, investor companies, venture capitalists, and companies who are merging or acquiring companies in the touch screen, display, and materials industry. We are member of Flextech Alliance and SID.

Huawei adopted Qeexo’s FingerSense

July 22, 2015

Today California-based startup company Qeexo announced that Huawei adopted its FingerSense technology. 

As we covered over a year ago, startup company Qeexo has software to detect if it is finger touch, or knuckle touch, or nail touch, or pen touch.

Qeexo was founded in September 2012. In May 2014, Qeexo announced it raised $2.3 million series A funding, led by Sierra Ventures.

Now, Qeexo announced its first smartphone brand customer–Huawei. Actually, Huawei has adopted FingerSense several months ago on its P8 smartphone, but Huawei re-branded the technology as “Knuckle Sense”.

Figure: Qeexo’s FingerSense could tell “finger touch” from “knuckle knock”.

qeexo menuQeexo knuckle

Photo by: Jennifer Colegrove

“FingerSense adds a layer of intelligence to smartphones that enables faster access to core features and creates a far more powerful experience for users,” said Sang Won Lee, CEO of Qeexo.

More analysis of Qeexo’s technology and touch panel progress can be found in the “Touch and Emerging Display” monthly report.

Thanks for reading,

Jennifer and team