Photo: Elliptic Labs

Hardware-based optical sensors have been an indispensable part of every smartphone to turn off the screen and to disable touch functionality when a user holds a device to their ear. By replacing these hardware components with Elliptic Labs’ INNER BEAUTY—the first software-based solution to replace the optical proximity sensor—the unsightly black holes on the front of the smartphone will be removed. The result is a more aesthetically pleasing design.

The inventor is Tobias Dahl and the company is based on his work at Institute of Informatics, University of Oslo

Elliptic Labs was established in 2006.