Atmel recently kicked off its “Bend Your Mind XSense Design Contest.” We are searching for contestants from students to engineers, hobbyists, designers, fashionistas and more who want to stretch their imagination by submitting unique designs that utilize Atmel’s flexible XSense touch sensor.
Anyone who is a fan of Atmel’s Facebook page may submit an original design drawing with a photo on Atmel’s XSense Design Contest page. Contestants may also enter the technical design contest based on the design contest sensor specifications, with Facebook fans voting for their favorite design until June 2014. Final winners will be selected by Atmel judges, based on originality, creativity and uniqueness of the design.
Contestants are encouraged to share this contest and their designs with family, friends and colleagues, since public voting will be a considered an important factor in the final contest. Two first prize winners and two second prize winners will be chosen, with first prize winners receiving $1500 and second prize winners $500.
As we’ve previously discussed on Bits & Pieces, Atmel’s XSense is a high-performance, highly flexible touch sensor which allows engineers to design devices with curved surfaces and even add functionality along product edges. This means manufacturers now have the capability to build light-weight, sleek, edgeless smartphones, tablets and other touch-enabled devices. XSense is currently shipping in production from Atmel’s Colorado Springs (CSO) facility after achieving Windows 8 certification.
Jennifer Colegrove, who owns Touch Display Research in Santa Clara, Calif., estimates the potential market for XSense and similar technologies will increase from $200 million this year to $4 billion by 2020, primarily for tablet computers and other larger mobile devices.
Similarly, Hans Mosesmann, a technology analyst for Raymond James & Associates, says the market for touchscreen sensors will grow at an annual rate of 44 percent during the next three years to about $10 billion due to its lower cost, size and performance.
Interested in learning more about Atmel’s XSense technology? You can check out the official XSense page here.