Synaptics ForcePad: The Laptop Trackpad Is About to Change Forever

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 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 On

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?

myiPhone.com 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 myiPhone.com, and… » 1/17/07 6:48pm 1/17/07 6:48pm