Synaptics ForcePad: The Laptop Trackpad Is About to Change Forever

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The last big things to happen to trackpads were the addition of multitouch gestures and elimination of a dedicated button. The next big thing is going to be force detection. We've seen force detection pop up a couple of times before—most recently in the keyboard cover for the Microsoft Surface—but with the… » 8/20/12 9:00am 8/20/12 9:00am

Synaptics: PC Trackpads Getting Four-Finger Gestures

PC trackpads have tended to lag behind their MacBook counterparts, but the gap's narrowing today. Synaptics—the same folks who introduced the buttonless, clickable PC trackpad last year, are adding four-finger gestures and more goodies with their TouchPad-IS platform. » 5/31/10 9:00pm 5/31/10 9:00pm

Fuse: What Your Next Touch Phone Is Going to Feel Like

Fuse is what Synaptics—who probably made the trackpad you're swirling your finger on, and maybe your phone's touchscreen—says the next generation of touch phones will be like: You'll be squeezing, touching and stroking the phone, all over. » 12/14/09 9:20am 12/14/09 9:20am

Synaptics ClearPad 3000 Means 10 Fingers Multitouching Your Phone,…

The iPhone probably doesn't use Synaptics' original ClearPad capacitive screen multitouch technology, but maybe Apple will use the ClearPad 3000, since it registers ten fingers simultaneously. I hope they steal this three-finger crumple gesture at least, it's so cool: » 7/22/09 9:00am 7/22/09 9:00am

Synaptics Adds New Multitouch Gestures To Trackpads

Synaptics, best known for developing the Zune Pad » 9/30/08 4:55pm 9/30/08 4:55pm and screen, have unveiled two new multitouch gestures for their PC touchpads: two-finger flick and ChiralRotate. Two-finger flick is fairly self explanatory — you swipe your finger from side to side on the trackpad and it will move through a series of files, such as…

Synaptics' Boomerang Buttonless Remote Control Concept Might Not Catch…

This Boomerang concept by interface company Synaptics is supposed to illustrate a few different input methods for remotes to control TVs and DVD players. Although it's buttonless, the Boomerang still has a TouchPad (like the one on your notebook), as well as gesture recognition for stuff like channel switching or… » 1/23/08 2:50pm 1/23/08 2:50pm

Tracking the iPhone's DNA: Who's its Touchscreen's Daddy? and macrumors are thinking the same thing: Maybe the iPhone's touch tech is licensed from Synaptics, and therefore the same tech demoed in the Onyx concept phone and the touchscreen-tastic LG KE850 above. Family? Maybe. Extensive videos attemping to prove so are worth watching over at, and… » 1/17/07 6:48pm 1/17/07 6:48pm