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Apple's Touch-Sensitive MacBook Patent Embeds Controls in Screen Bezel

Ever since the rise of Apple's touchscreen devices, it's seemed only a matter of time until a touchscreen MacBook arrives. But those who wince at finger-smeared screens may not need to worry — a newly uncovered patent suggests Apple is more interested in revamping the bezel. » 2/19/14 7:00am 2/19/14 7:00am

Targus's Mice for Macs First to Have 4-Way Touch Scrolling

Targus has been making peripherals since before sliced bread was invented, but as part of its first line of notebook accessories specifically designed for Macs it's come up with two mice that are the only ones to have four-way touch scroll controls for Macs. They're ergonomic, and both have 1200 dpi sensitivity: the… » 9/30/08 8:30am 9/30/08 8:30am

Fingernail-Watching Cam Makes Everything A Touchpad

Scientists in the UK have thought differently about touchpad designs: their system peeks at your fingertips to see what you're touching. It can sense when you're pushing on something and how hard, so everything —even a 3D uneven surface— could be made into a touchpad. Quite why they chose to demo this with a purring… » 3/31/08 7:55am 3/31/08 7:55am

Apple Applies for Patent for Pressure-Sensitive Touchscreens

Aiming to go beyond just sensing the location of your finger on its touchpads and touchscreens, Apple has applied for a patent for a "Force Imaging Input and Device System," which amounts to a spring-like device underneath the touchscreen or touchpad. The pressure-sensitive "force detector" layer would create a… » 10/05/07 10:50am 10/05/07 10:50am

Nokia Bringing Tactile Feedback To Touchscreen Phones

The technology that makes phones like the LG Prada wiggle is now coming to Nokia phones. A new partnership with developer Immersion opens the doors for Nokia phones to get tactile feedback from touchscreen interfaces using VibeTonz software, so typing on the virtual keyboard feels more like using the real thing. » 7/02/07 8:59pm 7/02/07 8:59pm

Siren V MP3 Player Looks Good, Works Okay

Siren, formally Rio (the founding fathers of the MP3 player, in my opinion), has announced a couple MP3 players at CES this year including the very beautiful Siren V. The outside of this player is the first metal-in-plastic player that has touch sensitive buttons. Upon tapping magical blue buttons light up and can be… » 1/10/07 6:38pm 1/10/07 6:38pm

Maxfield's Really Pretty Max-Sin Touch Digital Audio Player

Illuminated, red touch-sensitive buttons are apparently "in" right now, and Maxfield's is joining the party with its Max-Sin Touch, a portable digital audio player that looks suspiciously like M-Cody's M-20. Capable of playing MP3, WMA (DRM'd or not) and Ogg Vorbis files, the Max-Sin Touch is based around 1GB of flash… » 8/18/06 11:51am 8/18/06 11:51am

Is That a Keyboard in Your Pocket, or Are You Just Glad to See Me?


Until we can have screens that roll up and fit into our pockets, this smart fabric portable keyboard will have to do. Developed by Brit company Eleksen Ltd., it's a 2.4-ounce Bluetooth keyboard made out of a special touch-sensitive cloth material that s water repellent—not that you would really be wanting to use it… » 1/18/06 6:45pm 1/18/06 6:45pm