BROMONT, Québec — October 12, 2023 — Boréas Technologies today launched Boréas HapticStudio, an intuitive software development kit (SDK) that lets designers develop customized haptic effects for easy implementation on Boréas CapDrive™ semiconductors. CapDrive is Boréas’ family of tiny, ultra-low-power piezo driver integrated circuits (ICs) that deliver high-resolution sensing and haptic effects to smartphones, PC trackpads, automotive cabins, and virtual reality (VR) peripherals.
The company also announced general availability of its CapDrive ultra-low-power piezo driver with advanced sensing, the BOS1921. The BOS1921 is the first CapDrive IC to seamlessly support Boréas HapticStudio, speeding the creation of satisfying, personalized experiences that emulate realistic touch.
“Boréas HapticStudio is our first GUI tool to let designers explore the many advantages of piezo haptic effects without requiring homegrown software coding—significantly accelerating development time,” said Simon Chaput, founder & CEO, Boréas Technologies. “Unlike older non-piezo technologies that restrict the designer’s ability to customize users’ tactile experiences, Boréas HapticStudio frees designers to adjust vibration, response speed, and touch intensity. It also registers changes immediately, allowing designers to test drive different haptic effects before integrating them on end-user devices, such as smartphones, wearables, and video game controllers.”
Boréas HapticStudio is a tightly integrated interface that lets designers visually adjust the waveforms that produce haptic effects on a graphical user interface (GUI) platform. Without further calibration, designers can evaluate different haptic effects immediately on the BOS1921-Kit, the company’s plug-and-play development kit for the BOS1921.
About Boréas CapDrive ICs
Boréas CapDrive piezo driver ICs uniquely harvest and store unused energy to enable a 10x power savings over competing piezo driver products. Leveraging field-proven piezo semiconductor technology, CapDrive ICs are rugged and reliable devices that meet stringent demands for vibration, temperature variation, force and other environmental factors, demonstrating the resiliency of Boréas’ proprietary semiconductor IP.
Availability and Information
Boréas HapticStudio is now available for download with the BOS1921-Kit, a complete haptic-feedback development kit featuring the BOS1921, a piezo actuator, and other components.
About Boréas Technologies
Boréas Technologies Inc. is an award-winning fabless semiconductor company commercializing product-differentiating piezo IC platforms in consumer and industrial markets. With origins in research conducted at Harvard University, Boréas is based in Bromont, Québec and is supported by a global distribution network. The company’s CapDrive ICs are ideal for resource-constrained devices such as PC trackpads, smartwatches and fitness trackers, smartphones and gaming phones, VR game controllers and peripherals, and Internet of Things (IoT) devices.
The Boréas logo is a registered trademark, and CapDrive is a trademark, of Boréas Technologies Inc. All other product and company names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders.
Marc-André Morin, Boréas Technologies
Maria Vetrano, Vetrano Communications